Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bye-bye, Peter Heehs e-mails PTI

Historian to leave India before April 16 PTI 10:04 PM, Apr 12, 2012
Chennai, Apr12 (PTI) American historian Peter Heehs, whose book on Sri Aurobindo created a controversy and whose visa extension was not considered by the Home Ministry, today said he would not be in the country on April 16. "..if nothing happens before then (April 15), I will certainly not be in the country on the 16th," Peter Heehs told PTI through an email.
Heehs present visa is valid up to April 15. He was asked to leave the country after spending nearly four decades working on a project of digitisation and archival of works of freedom fighter and spiritual leader Aurobindo. "I have told the Regional Registration Office, Pondy (Puducherry), that I would abide by the terms of their response to my application, which specified that the Home Ministry was granting me an extension good until April 15 but would not consider a new application for renewal of my current entry visa. It follows that I should not be in the country after April 15," Heehs said.
The inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry was told by the Regional Registration Office at Puducherry that his visa will not be extended after April 15. Some historians had protested against the move of cancelling his visa and had also petitioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Chidambaram for reconsideration of decision. New Indian Express  @NewIndianXpress Historian Heehs to leave India before April 16: #PeterHeehs 10:29 PM - 12 Apr 12

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