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Made Stateless by Canada – The Ongoing Saga of Deepan Budlakoti

Dan Kellar, 12 September 2014, #DailyGRRR!, 100.3 CKMS reposted on

Here is an interview from the September 12th edition of the Daily GRRR! with Deepan Budlakoti, an Ottawa-born man whose citizenship was unilaterally revoked by the Harper government, a move that was recently upheld by a federal judge. Deepan will be appealing the decision that renders him stateless.

We speak about his situation, the Harper government’s attack on people of colour, and more.

To listen to the interview, click here. The tune at the end of the track is from Alas and Savage Fam –  a track entitled Go Away.

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Ottawa born man still fighting deportation order

Deepan BudlakotiMatt Harris, 1310 News, 10 September 2014

OTTAWA — A man born in Ottawa has faced another setback in his bid to fight a deportation order.

The federal government claimed Deepan Budlakoti’s parents worked for the Indian High Commission when he was born in Ottawa, and therefore he is not a Canadian citizen.

Budlakoti claims his parents stopped working as diplomats in June 1989 and were working for a Canadian doctor when he was born in October of the same year, making him Canadian.

The 24-year-old was convicted of weapons charges in 2011, beginning the deportation process.

Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan ruled Tuesday against Budlakoti.

He told 1310News he was issued a Canadian passport and an Ontario birth certificate and paid taxes.

“They acknowledged the fact I was a citizen for 21 years” said Budlakoti, “After 21 years they said I’m not a citizen.”

He says India has declared he is not a citizen of that country, and he is now stateless.

He has 30 days to file an appeal which he says will be done, adding he feels confident moving forward.

Deepan featured on the Daily GRRR!

HomeThe Daily GRRR!, 17 July 2014, The In/Security Edition

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“Welcome, I am your host Rachel Avery and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! In/Security Edition on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, on the web. Today is July 17, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

Feature: A new interview with Deepan Budlakoti, talking about his case where despite holding only Canadian citizenship and having lived in the country his entire life, the Harper government is seeking to deport him. Deepan also discusses Bill C-24 and the reality of double punishment facing migrants in the criminal justice system. …”