Singer Adnan Sami becomes Indian citizen, says no intolerance

New Delhi (PTI): There is no intolerance in India, says Pakistan-born singer Adnan Sami after becoming an Indian citizen today.

A smiling Sami also sang his famous song – “Teri oonchi shaan hai maula…Mujhko bhi to lift kara de”- after he received a citizenship certificate from Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju at North Block here in the presence of his wife Roya.

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Asked about concerns expressed by actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan about alleged growing intolerance in India, the 46-year-old singer said everyone was entitled to his or her own opinion and their remarks were perhaps based on their own experience.

“Had there been intolerance, I would not have taken Indian citizenship. I have never experienced intolerance. There is no intolerance in India,” he said.

The singer said he was very happy after becoming Indian citizen and grateful to the government.

“I am grateful to the government of India for giving me this beautiful gift,” he said.

Asked how he felt after becoming an Indian citizen, Sami said there was no difference as the taste of ‘biryanis’ was same in both the countries. “And I have had enough of ‘biryanis’ in both Pakistan and India,” he said.

The singer said there was mixed reaction in Pakistan on his taking Indian citizenship but his family understands his love for India and its people.

Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lahore, Sami said he was very happy that Modi had visited Pakistan and was making efforts to improve relations with the country.

“I personally believe in the philosophy of ‘love thy neighbour’,” he said. Home Ministry officials said Sami has been given Indian citizenship following his request to the Centre to legalise his status in the country on humanitarian grounds.

The singer, who has made India his home for the past few years, had made a representation to the Home Ministry on May 26 this year requesting that he be allowed to stay in India on humanitarian grounds.

Sami had first arrived in India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa with the validity of one year which was issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

His visa was extended from time to time. His Pakistani passport issued on May 27, 2010 expired on May 26, 2015 and his passport was not renewed by the Pakistan government which led him to approach the Indian government with the request to legalise his stay in India.

Sami’s two songs from the album, ‘Kabhi To Nazar Milao’ and ‘Lift Kara De’, whose music video starred actor Govinda, were a sensation in the early 2000s.

This year the singer tasted success with his song ‘Bhar Do Jholi meri’ in Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.

3 Comments

  1. ““Had there been intolerance, I would not have taken Indian citizenship. I have never experienced intolerance. There is no intolerance in India” – Report quoting some Pakistaani who has been living in India for many years and finally granted Indian citizenship!!

    LOL LOL This is a big ‘kapaala moksha’ to beef-eating club who never voted for BJP or Modiji purely based on religious bias and always pray for a former waitress to be India’s PM!! They wouldn’t mind asking help from enemy nation to remove BJP govt!! When you think about it, there is no surprise as they are all indoctrinated to support foreign masters over centuries!! smiles…

  2. Congratulations to Adnan Sami in accepting Indian citizenship. East of West, india is the best.-Mr.Drona

    Sir, Shiv sena a junior coalition partner of RSS political wing BJP is protesting Pakistani presence by digging the pitch,blackening the face, threatening singers and Pakistan Bollywood.

    I don’t now it is new year hangover or Nawaz sharif birthday party, you are praising PM Modi for granting Adnan sami while our Air Force base is attacked.

    “When Pakistan beheaded our soldiers, we fed their PM chicken biryani… The Centre lacks courage.” These words were used by Narendra Modi at an election rally in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections to slam the UPA government’s response to the killing of two soldiers — Hemraj Singh and Sudhakar Singh — along the LoC in January, 2013.

    Why there are no ‘East of west’ when UPA is ruling and now Modi became PM?

    Jai Hind

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