Singer Adnan Sami gets citizenship, says no intolerance in India

Adnan Sami on Friday (December 1) received his certificate of Indian citizenship from Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in Mumbai.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 2, 2016 2:47 am
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A day after his request for Indian citizenship was approved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, singer Adnan Sami, who is of Pakistani origin, was presented his certificate of naturalization at the North Block on Friday morning in the presence of his wife Roya Faryabi.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the certificate was granted under the Citizenship Act, 1955 after Sami satisfied the government that the conditions for grant of naturalisation were fulfilled in his case.

Also read: Pakistani singer Adnan Sami gets Indian citizenship

“In pursuance of the powers conferred by the Citizenship Act, upon taking the oath of allegiance within the time and in the manner required by the rules made in that behalf, he shall subject to the provisions of the said Act, be entitled to all political and other rights, powers and privileges and be subject to all obligations duties and liabilities to which an Indian citizen is entitled or subject, and have to all intents and purposes the status of an Indian citizen,” the release said.

After receiving the certificate, a beaming Sami even sang his hit song “Teri oonchi shaan hai maula… Mujhko bhi to lift kara de.”

Asked about concerns raised by actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan of growing intolerance in India, Sami said everyone was entitled to their opinion based on personal experience. “Had there been intolerance, I would not have taken Indian citizenship. I have never experienced intolerance. There is no intolerance in India,” he said.

“A New Beginning… A New Feeling… A New Belonging… A New Love Affair… A New Country… JAI HIND!!!,” he tweeted. In other tweets, he expressed gratitude to Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving his citizenship.

He also tweeted a photograph of himself while receiveing the certificate from Rijiju. “Receiving my Indian Citizenship Certificate of Naturalisation from MOS Home Affairs @KirenRijiju ji. Huge Thanks,” he captioned the image.

“My profound thanks to honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for approving my Indian citizenship. A new birth. I’m highly indebted to the Honourable Home Minister @BJPRajnathSingh ji for his tremendous support in granting me Indian citizenship,” added Sami, who looked dapper in a black bandhgala, and was accompanied by his wife Roya Faryabi.

Asked how he felt on becoming an Indian citizen, Sami said the taste of biryani is the same in both countries. “And I have had enough biryani in both Pakistan and India,” he said.

Sami was on a three-month visa extension granted to him on October 6. Born in Lahore, Sami came to India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa valid for a year, issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The visa was extended several times thereafter. When his Pakistani passport expired on May 26, he approached the Indian government seeking legalisation of his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.

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    indian
    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm
    But.... wasn't India supposed to be intolerant?
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      bonku
      Jan 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm
      WHy not Taslima Nasreen?
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        Inna_may
        Jan 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm
        Wonder if Modiot can be traded for some sane stani. India will be much safer place to live.
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          Bad_azz
          Jan 1, 2016 at 6:51 pm
          Paulraj S___0____B is in the US and he writes about what he expects should be talent in India. Brahmin scoundrel !
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            Rob krishnan
            Jan 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm
            It would have been so great to have this picture juxtaposed against one with SRK or Amir Khan getting stani or some other tolerant country's like Syria's citizenship.
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              Bharat
              Jan 1, 2016 at 10:03 am
              If congress would have done it then this would have been desh k issuue ajj saare bhakt g**** main moov chupa ker baithe hai
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                Paki_Commie
                Jan 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                Today Kirererereren Rajijijijijji is the , COMMIE, NAXALITE, ANTI NATIONAL, etcc., etc.
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                  bhawna sati
                  Jan 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm
                  the deck has the wrong date, it should be January 1, not December 1
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                    Karunakaran
                    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                    The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is not educated. All he is qualified for is to sell chai and dokhla at the railway stations. Unfortunately 31% of Indians have elected the uneducated dokhla-eating Gujjubhai to a major role that he is not competent to have. As everyone knows, to hide his lack of education, he has appointed equally uneducated people to the cabinet positions. Now all that the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, wants is to take selfies with the goras. He runs after the goras for selfies. None of the prime ministers in our neighbourhood will run shamelessly after the goras for the selfies, since they are educated. Can it get any more disgusting?
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                      tyhj
                      Jan 1, 2016 at 4:39 pm
                      People of Bihar you have no right to Complain. You have Chosen your fate in a overwhelming manner. Even for once you didn't think of Development or Good Governance which PM Modi could have provided. It was your decision to vote on Caste loyalty. Now Enjoy Lalu type of Good Governance.
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                        Makarand
                        Jan 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm
                        Guys - do not confuse countries and civilizations. Vedas are very much a product of Indian civilization just as Mahavir, Buddha, Nanak, and so much more.
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                          hinduWoman
                          Jan 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                          Why not Taslima ? May be because certain section section of our community is really intolerant, but our pen pushers dare not utter it.
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                            Hpg Hdl
                            Jan 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm
                            Taslima should also be given india citizenship. she is also very nice woman
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                              Hitchcock
                              Jan 1, 2016 at 11:05 am
                              one more in India to raise stani flag and shout pro-stani slogans
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                                BharatK
                                Jan 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm
                                “A new beginning. A new feeling. A new belonging. A new love affair. A new country. Jai Hind.” Wonderfull emotional expression. Now sir, comes the responsibility as a citizen of Bharat. Wish you all good.
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                                  KUK
                                  Jan 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                                  he was not sincere with mother land (pak). how it possible that he will be sincere with india.
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                                    kaparrama
                                    Jan 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm
                                    Now all these intolerant slaves of looterri queen sonniya will start another round of award wapasi after khattarsaab starts promoting- khemkaji for exposing the robber lila of hoodda with the maffios nexus of pension scamster hoodda and land maffios gahhlot!
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                                      krish
                                      Jan 2, 2016 at 6:16 am
                                      Congrats! Adnan, do yourself and your country proud.
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                                        Manu USA
                                        Jan 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                                        Its good
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                                          Me Marathi
                                          Jan 2, 2016 at 3:11 am
                                          For coming few years , adnan should be made to only recite ' Vande Mataram '.
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                                            Me Marathi
                                            Jan 1, 2016 at 10:29 am
                                            Adnan has actually peed in mouth of porki p!!gs like srk , aamir and their fanatic rabid jihadi terrorists supporters.
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