Dual Citizenship to Indians

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The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the High Level committee, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) commonly known as ‘dual citizenship’. However, under the immigration legislation, this dual citizens will does not permit to vote, stand for public office, acquire freehold land, agriculture land  or obtain access to sensitive documents under right to information (RTI).

We believe this legislation undermines the core values of being a citizen effectively creating a class of second class citizens and this does not meet the long-term demand of dual citizenship by overseas Indians.

There are an estimated 25 million non-resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas citizens of India (OCIs) spread across more than 200 countries. Cumulatively, they contributed about $ 90 billion in remittances to India in 2017-18. 

Overseas Indians, whether they hold Indian passports or have foreign passports, have an emotional bond with India. That holds true for a majority of people of Indian heritage. When major democratic and developed countries have no issue with dual citizenship, there can’t be a real justification for India to treat its own people unfavorably.

In conclusion, we believe fervently the solution is to be an inclusive nation rather than one that excludes their citizens in participating in democracy. The possession of the citizenship of another country does not diminish our love or hope for our great nation whatsoever. Rather, we strongly believe these amendments will unify the bond we all share as Indian citizens while creating a platform where every Indian, regardless of geo-location or additional citizenship, can contribute meaningfully to our great nation.