New York-based author Aatish Taseer is the son of senior journalist Tavleen Singh, an Indian, and late Salman Taseer, a Pakistani businessman, and politician. Salman Taseer was assassinated in the year 2011 while he was serving as the Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province.
Earlier in May, Time featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover of its May 20 international edition with a headline that created controversy across India amid the election season written by Aatish Taseer. The author wrote about PM Modi and his party's Hindutva politics in India ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election which led to the shift in the electoral balance.
New York-based author Aatish Taseer has been declared ineligible for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card as he had "concealed" the fact that his late father was of Pakistani origin, the government said on Thursday night November 7.
The Union Home Ministry spokesperson tweeted, "Mr. Aatish Ali Taseer, while submitting his PIO application, concealed the fact that his late father was of Pakistani origin." The spokesperson said in another tweet, "Mr. Taseer was given the opportunity to submit his reply/objections regarding his PIO/OCI cards, but he failed to dispute the notice."