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'India should desist from granting dual citizenship'

The counsel for Indian Govt in Great Britain said people with dubious credentials would benefit from PM's decision.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2005 07:10 PM IST

India should desist from granting dual citizenship to overseas Indians as this concept was "flawed and dangerous" in an era of terrorism, counsel for Indian Government in Great Britain, Bhaskar Ghorpade said in Pune on Friday.

"People with dubious credentials would also benefit from the decision and no purpose would be served by granting dual citizenship to overseas Indians," he said.

"Many among them neither have seen India nor do they have any modicum of Indianness in them having lived abroad for years," Ghorpade added.

Ghorpade's comments came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that dual citizenship would be extended to all overseas Indians who had migrated after January 26, 1950 at the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which commenced in Mumbai on Friday.

The Barrister further said that Singh himself had opposed the concept of dual citizenship in 1994, while on a tour of that country and was of the opinion that granting of Orange Card to the overseas Indians was enough.

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