By Taazakhabar News Bureau
Who is an Indian – someone who declares himself to be an Indian or someone who truly believes in the values that India stands for? Does filling up a form and declaring yourself as Indian make you a patriotic Indian nationalist?
The regional passport office in Srinagar issued a passport to separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani after he finally completed the biometrics formalities and mentioned his nationality as Indian.
According to Regional Passport Office, the short duration passport valid for nine months will be delivered shortly to Geelani’s address by post.
The ruling BJP was insisting that Separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani should declare himself as an Indian and apologize for his “anti-national” activities.
It was the reason Geelani’s passport application was rejected in May because he did not fill up the declaration of nationality.
A hardcore pro-Pakistan separatist leader Geelani wanted a passport to visit his terminally ill daughter Farhat Jabeen Geelani in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Interestingly Geelani’s passport applications were earlier turned down in 2007, 2008 and 2011
A BJP leader hailed the new move as a signal that separatists are accepting the fact that they were Indian citizens.
One does not know seriously this claim is to be taken as Geelani himself reportedly said, “I am not an Indian by birth. It’s a compulsion that we have to travel with an Indian passport”.
Not just Geelani all Kashmiri separatist leaders have to travel abroad on an Indian passport whether they like it or not, even for performing Hajj.
But if holding an Indian passport and declaration of being Indian could undo the damage than separatist leaders like Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq should have been among the most patriotic Indian nationals. They are all holding Indian passports and visiting foreign countries including Pakistan from time to time.