Dual citizenship for Overseas Indians

Dual citizenship for Overseas Indians

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Foundation for Democratic Reforms started this petition to South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011 The Hon. Prime Minister of India,

Dual citizenship for Overseas Indians Campaign 

“The benchmarks for success, which the Pravasi community has set, are a challenge for us in India. They make us examine why the Indian is so much more innovative, productive and successful abroad than in his own country. They prod us to create a business, investment and economic climate, which is as conducive to success as anywhere else in the world. I assure you we are fully committed to creating such an environment in India”

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former Prime Minister of India)

9 January 2003

Inaugural address at the Pravsi Bharathiya Sammelan, New Delhi.

Preamble:With over 15.6 million Indians living overseas, India has the world’s largest diaspora. However, the Indian constitution does not permit dual citizenship to its emigrants. The following are the advantages of granting dual citizenship:

Advantages to Indians residing abroad

  • Political rights - Right to vote, be a Member of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament, hold Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court, etc.
  • Property rights - Acquire agricultural or plantation properties in India.
  • Constitutional posts - Entitled for appointment to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or the State.
  • Sentimental attachment - Voluntarily acquiring a foreign citizenship does not make the emigrants any less Indian. While they go abroad in search of new opportunities, they must not be seen as “people who lack allegiance to the Republic of India.”

Advantages to the country of descent

  • Retain authority and loyalty from its emigrants
  • Increased remittances 
  • Political contribution
  • Lobby with other countries to foster alliances
  • Stimulate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Tap into human resource capital

International advantages

  • Promote international mobility and integrated economies
  • Global trend is moving away from viewing ‘nationality’ as an exclusive status to that which enables free flow of trade and investment.
  • Simplify many laws and regulations that otherwise pose a hindrance to economic integration.
  • Sculpture younger and next generation kids as future ambassadors of India to the World in - Culture, Academics, Research, Service (NGOs),


Foundation for Democratic Reforms 


Foundation for Democratic Reforms (India)

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Jawahar Kambhampati jawahar.k4u@gmail.com

San Diego, CA USA


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