Immigrants granted permanent residency pose with their certificates of Indian citizenship at the collector’s office. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

At last 391 Afghans and 1595 Pakistani nationals have received Indian citizenship during the last 3 years, Union Minister of States for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, told media on Wednesday.

Nityanand Rai has also said that 40 Afghans and 712 Pakistani refugees have been granted citizenship in 2019.

Rai noted that provision for capturing online citizenship data of migrants from minority communities namely – Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – hailing from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh was introduced way back in 2018 and as per available data, 927 Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan and Pakistan have been granted Indian Citizenship since then.

This comes as that India has recently passed the citizenship law that offers fast-track citizenship to non-Muslims from neighbouring Muslim-majority countries which is a turning point in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to redefine the country as a Hindu homeland.

The move marks the first time that India being officially a secular state with a religiously diverse population, has set religious criteria for citizenship.


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