Press Esc to close
Sunday 29 March 2015
News updated at 12:46 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.9°C
Min : 20.1°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
Brand ambassador Pranitha subhash at Jewels exotica Akshaya Tritiya jewellery shopping...

Brand ambassador Pranitha subhash at Jewels exotica Akshaya Tritiya jewellery shopping...

Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif with her wax model at Madame Tussauds in London...

Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif with her wax model at Madame Tussauds in London...

Models at a fashion show at IIFT in Bengaluru on Friday night...

Models at a fashion show at IIFT in Bengaluru on Friday night...

People watch the PSLV-C27 take off carrying India's fourth navigational satellite in Sriharikota...

People watch the PSLV-C27 take off carrying India's fourth navigational satellite in Sriharikota...

A view of Vidhan Soudha which was powered off during the Earth hour in Bangalore...

A view of Vidhan Soudha which was powered off during the Earth hour in Bangalore...

Security persons recover articles after an encounter with the Maoists in Latehar...

Security persons recover articles after an encounter with the Maoists in Latehar...

Dancers perform during  procession to mark the Hindu festival of Ram Navami in New Delhi

Dancers perform during procession to mark the Hindu festival of Ram Navami in New Delhi

Youths participate in a rally during Northeast NSS Festival in Agartala on Saturday...

Youths participate in a rally during Northeast NSS Festival in Agartala on Saturday...

Artists dressed as Hindu gods on the occasion of Rama Navami festival in Bengaluru on Saturday...

Artists dressed as Hindu gods on the occasion of Rama Navami festival in Bengaluru on Saturday...

Artists performing ballet 'Durga Saptashati' in Bhopal on Friday evening...

Artists performing ballet 'Durga Saptashati' in Bhopal on Friday evening...

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