Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 November 2014
News updated at 1:49 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.2°C
Min : 16.5°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Rajan taken aback by query about citizenship

Mumbai, Oct 29, 2013, (PTI)
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan before the announcement of monetary policy in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was taken aback for a short while today when asked whether issues regarding his nationality were settled.

Responding to a question by a journalist at the customary post-policy media interaction, a piqued Rajan said: "I will answer this question once and only once."

"I am an Indian citizen, I have always been an Indian citizen. I always held an Indian passport. I held an Indian diplomatic passport when my father was in the foreign service and when I travelled on behalf of the ministry of finance.


"I have never applied for the citizenship of another country, I have never been a citizen of another country and have never taken a pledge of allegiance to another country."

When Rajan's name was cleared by the government for the top job at RBI, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had given a notice of calling attention in Parliament asking how a foreigner could be appointed as the central banker. He had also said there were enough Indians to run the RBI.

The confusion arose as Rajan has spent many years in the US teaching at different varsities. It can be noted that after completing his B.Tech from IIT Delhi, followed by an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, he moved to MIT to do his PhD, after which he has spent several years as an academic in the US.

Admitting that he holds a US Green Card, Rajan said: "The Green Card does not require you to take pledge of allegiance anywhere...it simply is a work permit which you need to have to work in another country."

In a lighter vein, Rajan said his Green Card was expiring and he has to restart the whole process of applying for it just to keep it going.

"That is the sum total of my citizenship," he averred. Wondering why people are wasting time over such silly things, he asked, "Who is concerned about this (my citizenship). In some sense, it is, to me, shameful that we spent so much time in such issues."

"To those people who are pushing this, I want to ask why should you care. But if they do care, the answer is, I am an Indian citizen and I am proud of being an Indian citizen," he said. 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his departure after attending SAARC summit...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his departure after attending SAARC summit...

A boy salvages for belongings amid the debris of his house in Mumbai...

A boy salvages for belongings amid the debris of his house in Mumbai...

Shyam Benegal with Naseeruddin Shah during the launch of the latter's book...

Shyam Benegal with Naseeruddin Shah during the launch of the latter's book...

Actor turned politician Kushboo with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi...

Actor turned politician Kushboo with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi...

An Indian army soldier keeps vigil near Pindi Khattar village...

An Indian army soldier keeps vigil near Pindi Khattar village...

Men play soccer at a field in Peshawar...

Men play soccer at a field in Peshawar...

NorthEast United FC players celebrate their third goal against Chennaiyin FC...

NorthEast United FC players celebrate their third goal against Chennaiyin FC...

An injured soldier is taken to hosp during a gunbattle with militants at Pindi Khattar village...

An injured soldier is taken to hosp during a gunbattle with militants at Pindi Khattar village...

Netanyahu attends the annual memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion..

Netanyahu attends the annual memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion..

Sharif holds hands with  Modi and  Ashraf Ghani during the closing session of the SAARC summit...

Sharif holds hands with Modi and Ashraf Ghani during the closing session of the SAARC summit...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523