Haneef asks for Australian citizenship
This further reaffirms the point I made in my earlier post about Immigration and Indians.
Does anyone remember the round-the-clock support extended to Haneef by Dr Manmohan Singh, the foreign minister, the media, as well as the blogosphere ? Anyone recall the personal meeting by the Karnataka CM, Mr HD Kumaraswamy and the open offer of a job ?
Turns out, he now wants Australian citizenship !
Read on :
The Sydney Morning Herald talked of Haneef in Bangalore over the phone this past weekend.
Asked what he would say to the Prime Minister, John Howard, if he met him, Dr Haneef said: “I would ask for honorary citizenship of Australia.” Asked on what basis, he replied: “Because I’m a good doctor.”
Dr Haneef said he would like to return to Australia to finish his medical training. “It is a very nice place, actually.” He said he blamed the police for what had happened to him.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
The funny thing is most people in India would think nothing of this request.
The Aussie PM, Mr John Howard was quick to retort (in characteristic Ponting / Mc Grath/ Warne style)
“I won’t be doing that,” Mr Howard said on Southern Cross radio.
“There is no case for that to occur and … I’m not sure that we have honorary Australians anyway, but he wouldn’t be the sort of person you’d make an honorary Australian.
“But I’m not aware that there is such an animal, such a person, such a beast. I don’t think so, I don’t think we have honorary Australians, do we?”
Source : The Herald Sun
I really hope the Indian media and the government stops the circus here. There is a danger of becoming the laughing stock of the world.