US war vet wants to be an Indian

  • Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 14, 2010 23:58 IST

A 72-year-old American, a veteran of the Vietnam War, approached the Supreme Court on Friday seeking political asylum in India.

Jeff Knaebel has been living in Shimla since 1995, but wants to become an Indian citizen now.

Knaebel tore up his passport at Rajghat on June 19 last year. “After tearing up my passport, I’m stateless,” he told HT, adding he fears the US will persecute him.

Arguing his case, Knaebel said US policies were based on war and destruction and “would one day destroy this beautiful planet Earth.”

“The US government is incomprehensibly malevolent. It takes our money, our identities, and our lives. It gives us back corruption, war and lies…” he had said when he tore his passport.

The land of Mahatma Gandhi is his refuge and Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence his strength.

Advocate SN Jha, who assisted him, said Knaebel moved court as he had failed to get a response from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The court told the Attorney General to look into the matter.


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