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Haneef asks for Australian citizenship

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on August 6, 2007

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.

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  1. Sankar said, on August 6, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    There is a danger of becoming the laughing stock of the world.

    Too bad and too late, the damage is already done. Indian MSM have already become the laughing stock of the thinking world. (there is of course a world that does not think).

    The proof, Those MSM TV channels that showed Haneef ad nauseam are so silent on the “Indian Doctor” asking for australian citizenship!

  2. Jai_Choorakkot said, on August 7, 2007 at 5:11 am

    Wonder if this has also contributed to the significant drop-of in Haneef coverage recently- I’d been thinking its all because of the BOM verdicts and the Dutt factor.

    But do read the whole article at SMH, its more balanced than the screaming headline and the excerpt. This individual’s possible desire for a better life in Australia does not automatically demean India / Indian Muslims etc. anymore than his innocence becomes a character certificate for us.

    At the cost of some egg on my face, (I said Oz could do an apology) I do enjoy the spectacle of our media with loads of it after their lionization. I would have liked Haneef to heroically reject Australia with some “Mera Bhaarat Mahaan” rhetoric that would have tied in better with that mode.

    But perhaps it turns out Haneef is no different from millions of Indians who yearn to settle in foreign lands; and still deserves some sympathy IMHO for this unlucky break that messes up his plans.


  3. Nandan said, on August 7, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I do not see anything wrong in our Prime Minister being concerned over the welfare of one of our citizens. However, I would have been happier if such concern was not limited to the ‘endangered species’ with preferential right on the nation’s wealth. So what if the Karnataka CM offers a job to the good doctor? We must not be so narrow-minded as to say that only Congress party must do good deeds. Even Kuramaraswamy is entitled to some random acts of kindness to his subjects. I am sure that his critics are motivated by jealousy.

    The poor man has suffered enough. I am inclined to think that the well meaning positive coverage given to him by the visual media is just a reflection of the Indians to always seek after truth. It is quite another thing that in the process they ended up adding a black chapter to his life which will remain forever engraved in the back of his mind. The doctor is well aware that he will be looked upon with suspicion and contempt and greeted with derision if he chooses to live in Bangalore. Having experienced life in Australia he has concluded that he would be better off living in that country. One must not forget the popular support he got from many sections in Australia.

    But there is a lesson for all of us. SIM card and credit card are for own use, not for sharing.

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