Are you a foreign national staying in Mumbai for more than twelve years, then you are eligible for an Indian Passport but not for a cab drivers license in Maharashtra even if you are an Indian by birth. This is according to the recent ruling by Maharashtra government that specifies that “new taxi driver licenses to be given to only those persons who are well versed in Marathi and have resided in the state for at least 15 years”. While speak Marathi and familiarity with local language seems a valid concern, 15 years domicile is absurd.
Ironically, I read about Kasab speaking in Marathi in the recent court proceedings. No wonder if you see him as a cab driver in the years to come. Eligibility proof:
Domicile 15 years: Yes
His trial would (hopefully) be over by 14 years, which will make him eligible to be both an Indian citizen and domicile of 15 years
Speak Marathi: Yes and in some more time the sharp person(says Mr.Ujjwal Nikkam, Kasab’s Special prosecutor) that he is, will soon also learn to read and write in Marathi.
Familiar with the territory: You bet
And the least important of all:
Driving skills: LeT certified
Attended a rigorous training camp in Pakistan
Local Address: Arthur Jail, Mumbai
I am confused what to say “It happens only in India!!!” or “Yeh hai Mumbai Meri Jaan!!!”