Writer Loses OCI Status
Writer and journalist Aatish Taseer has lost his OCI ( Overseas Citizenship of India) status which has been revoked on charges that he concealed information. The son of Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer and journalist Tavleen Singh, Aatish has been accused by the Home Minstry of India that his OCI status has been revoked because he concealed information from the authorities that his father was a Pakistan national.
According to a Home Ministry spokesperson, Aatish Taseer could not be considered eligible for an OCI card by the Citizenship Act, as the card is cannot be issued to individuals, whose parents or grandparents are from Pakistan. The spokesperson said that Aatish was given time to respond and submit his reply but he failed to dispuet the notice.
Aatish Taseer said that he had received a WhatsApp message from his mother regarding the notification from the Home Ministry and that he had 21 days to respond. However, the letter reached him on day 20 and he e-mailed his response and also sent a hard copy to the Home Ministry. He said he had expected a reprisal but not a severing.
The 38 year-old British born writer felt that his article in the TIME magazine in May this year had been critical of PM Modi and his record in office. He said it was hard not to feel that he was being punished for what he had written.