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Petition to Foreigners Division Ministry of Home Affairs Government of India

Those in the Indian Diaspora Should Earn Indian Citizenship by National Service

For many in the Indian Diaspora, they have a longing to return to their "true home", their ancestral home; the place where they can be seen as just another normal person, not a forever-foreigner to throw prejudice at. With recent political atmospheres in Europe and America becoming increasingly hostile to those that look "different" from the Anglo-majority societies, more and more people who are of non-European ancestry are realizing that there might never come a day where they can truly feel accepted in the UK or the US or Europe or any Western country. The Indian Diaspora also consists of the descendants of Indian laborers spread out across the world with major concentrations in Africa, the West Indies, and the Pacific. In these societies too, some Indians feel stigmatized or as if they always have to prove their right to belong in whichever country they are in. This is exemplified by Fiji with recent racial tensions that has been occurring for quite some time. Currently, it is possible for people of Indian origin from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Vietnam to acquire Indian Citizenship through service in the Indian Armed Forces.  There are several more regions and countries than those listed above with persons of Indian origin. Among them are Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, South Africa, Ghana, Fiji, Mauritius, and many more. This petition is to address ALL  people of Indian origin worldwide and to allow them to earn Indian Citizenship through national service. Not necessarily armed service, but national service through the Indian Home Guard, Indian Civil Defense, or the Indian National Disaster Response Force.  These three organizations listed are the pillars of India's well-being in times of crisis and during the current phase of development with its side-effects of building collapses, train derailments, and other calamities. By allowing people of Indian origin into these services, it will not only be a significant boost in terms of the number of volunteers, but it will also significantly increase the morale of all Indians.  The change of environment from which one is subjected to stereotypes and ridicule to one in which they are able to be seen as more than scapegoats, but as fellow Indians where their contributions won't go unnoticed will definitely be like a new lease on life!  Too often people hold a thought in their heads about re-finding their roots or leaving behind societies that are toxic for them but they never act on it. Why? Perhaps because there is no concrete way to make it a reality or because they don't know of any ways to make it happen. Maybe they are even embarrassed to admit such feelings.  Hopefully, by opening up the Indian Home Guard, Civil Defense, and National Disaster Response Force to people of Indian Origin to earn Indian Citizenship, it will lead to stronger, more dedicated civil services that strongly respect the value of country and duty after having been on the receiving end of others' xenophobia for so long.   

Abed Mai
6 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Narinder Nath Vohra, rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad

Stop attacks on witnesses & lawyers of India's 8-Year-Old Rape Victim from Kathua

Witnesses and lawyers representing the 8-year-old Muslim girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua, India, this year, are being attacked and intimidated, as the trial unfolds. We need to put a stop to this! Sign this petition and join Apne Aap and Equality Now to ask Prime Minister Modi to ensure that justice is not denied to her family! Despite the brutal nature of the crime committed by powerful men against an innocent child, some groups have politicized the case by presenting it falsely as a case against the Hindu community. They are running media trials, trolling, filing false cases, deflecting blame and holding rallies in support of the perpetrators and against the lawyers. Some of these rallies have been attended by ministers from the Prime Minister's ruling party.  They are even hounding the entire nomadic shepherd community of Bakarwals, that the little girl belonged to. Attempts were been made to physically prevent the charges against the accused rapists being filed in court and later to weaken the investigation by shifting it to the CBI.  Though an increasing number of rape cases are being reported in India every day, survivors of sexual violence struggle to get justice within the legal system. Between 2015 and 2016 alone there was an 82% spike in reported rapes of children. Another 133,000 rape cases were pending trial in the same year. Please sign the petition and raise your voice to demand a fair and impartial trial in the Kathua case, so that the family of the 8-year-old gets justice. Insist that the Modi government take immediate action to stop the intimidation and to address the larger systemic problem of sexual violence within the country. Thank you. Ruchira, Tinku, Divya with the Apne Aap and Equality Now team 

Ruchira Gupta, Apne Aap & Equality Now
139,954 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Council of the European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, European Broadcasting Union, BBC, CNN, Washington Post, Federal Bureau of Investigation, NBC,, Stand Against Racism and Inequality, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Slovakia Ministry of Justice, Slovakia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Stop Hate Crimes: Indian Man Physically Attacked and Wrongfully Accused in Slovakia

An Indian man is attacked on October 7th, 2017 by 3 white men, fights back in self-defense only after the threat to his life is escalated by kicks and punches, then is charged with First Degree Murder while his attackers go free. This happened in Bratislava, Slovakia next to the U.S. and German Embassies. Racially motivated attacks are not rare, and in this case, even though the Slovak judge and prosecution have the video footage and witness testimonies, the victim is still the one charged. The Slovak people are shielded from the truth.  The video shows one story < > but the news sells a different story. By supporting this petition, you will not only give hope to this man, but you will give hope to his family that he will finally be freed and come home. There is also hope that the Slovak courts will not continue to be swayed by racist public opinion and tabloids but lean toward true justice for victims of Hate Crimes. There is also hope that the attackers will be held accountable for the Hate Crime they committed against this man. I humbly urge you to support and share this petition to show this man and his family that they are not alone...that there is hope. Justice For TimothyContact: @justicefortimFacebook: Relief For The Family: #Justice4MrTimothy 

C for Change
2,246 supporters