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Bill to Introduce Dual Citizenship Introduced In Indian Parliament

A member of parliament in India, Mr. Shashi Tharoor has introduced a bill in Parliament, which seeks to amend the Constitution of India and make dual citizenship legally viable for Indians who settle abroad. The bill addresses the long-standing demand from the Indian diaspora around the world, who have been asking for dual citizenship rights, which would let them take on the citizenship of the country they settle in, while retaining the nationality of their country of birth.

Dual Citizenship Introduced In Indian Parliament

Need for Dual Citizenship for Indian Citizens Who Choose To Settle Abroad

Many countries including Canada, UK and Australia, offer the option of dual citizenship for their people. Indians who opted to settle abroad have also been asking for dual citizenship rights since many years. In order to appease these demands, the overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card was introduced more than a decade ago. The OCI allows persons of Indian descent visit, live and work in the country without having to apply for a visa. However OCI card holders cannot vote or take office in public capacity. They are also barred from investing in agricultural land.

If dual citizenship is indeed granted, then Indian citizens who have settled abroad would enjoy all the rights that are enjoyed by resident Indians. These rights would include the right to participate in voting and influencing policy decisions in the country. This would allow India to harness the intellectual capital of thousands of its erstwhile citizens who have reached positions of high office, academic success or industry leadership abroad. In fact, Indians living abroad are one of the most successful and respected demographics anywhere in the world. USA has a number of Indian origin politician in congress, a few of whom have even risen to be governors of states. India can gain from the global perspectives that dual citizens are bound to bring to the country.

On the economic front too, the introduction of dual citizenship would be of great benefit to India, as it would allow the free entry of skilled talent from professionals who are planning to return to India. Companies in India will benefit from the lessons and experiences of Indian diaspora across the world. Moreover granting of dual citizenship can encourage Indians abroad to invest in Indian ventures and projects, thus giving a further impetus to the Indian economy

Most Indians who have accepted citizenship of another country, are still very much attached to their home country and have played a major role in promoting Indian interest overseas. Granting them dual citizenship can only strengthen their resolve to work for the benefit of their home country.

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