Indian citizenship for Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh

Recently, a move has been proposed by the Indian government which allows the people living in bordering areas of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to immigrate and become citizens of India. Call it a political move or a humanitarian one, the home ministry is all set to make changes and draft an amendment which will allow all the minority communities to be tagged as ‘illegal migrants’. Minority citizens of Pakistan and Bangladesh who have come to India and are living in fear on the basis of religious prosecution, will soon be granted citizenship by the Indian government.

Central government is planning to amend the Citizenship Act and it will benefit refugees – which are also the minorities in different countries. The move seems to be in favour of the policies of Modi government as it helps the Hindus who are facing adverse circumstances in different countries. The step is in favour of the government’s pro-Hindu policies.

According to the sources, the amendments to be made in the Citizenship Act 1955 will benefit almost 2 lakh Hindus. Out of this, around 400 Pakistani refugees are settled in different areas like Jaipur, Raipur, Jaisalmer. Thousands of Hindus living in Pakistan and Bangladesh have faced lot of violence on religious grounds. This move does help the Hindus who have faced in the past years, but, on the other hand, it will also slow down the migration, which happens for economic reasons. A bill will soon be out which will suggest changes in Act.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had promised citizenship to Hindu refugees. After coming into power, Modi government has done a lot for Hindu refugees in terms of providing them with long-term visas till they get their citizenship. They have also put a proposal forward which offers them Aadhar Cards, PAN cards so that they are able to further their stay in India.

Not only this, the Centre will also consider making changes in the Passport (Entry Into India) Act, 1920 and also in Foreigners Act, 1946.

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