LexQuest’s 5th National Essay Writing Competition, 2019

Nation-states, as they exist in the contemporary international sphere, are facing a crisis of sorts in the face of increasing globalization and the resultant intensification of processes that transcend national boundaries. This globalization operates in all realms of political, social, cultural and economic life. Cross-border migration of people is an important aspect of the modern world system that has emerged out of these processes and may be rooted in economic imperatives, natural calamities, or internal strife that forces certain sections of a nation’s population to migrate to escape persecution. (more…)

Should the Government grant Citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus?

By Nayanika Tiwari, NMIMS School of Law.

In July 2012 two NGOs Swajan and Bimalangshu Roy Foundation filed a petition with the Supreme Court of India on the issue of grant of citizenship or refugee status to thousands of displaced persons, mostly in Assam, of minority communities like Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians due to their alleged religious persecution in Bangladesh, must not be bracketed with illegal migrants and sent back. The petition filed through counsel Shuvodeep Roy stated that in spite of a specific mandate of Section 2 of Immigrants (Expulsion from Assam) Act, 1950 protecting from expulsion victims of civil disturbances, no measures have been taken either by the Centre or Assam to provide ameliorative steps for displaced persons. (more…)

Dual Citizenship in India: Advantages

By Stuti Saxena, IGNOU, Delhi.

Citizenship in India is administered under the statutory provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955, which has been amended from time to time. Further to this, Indian Constitution also enshrines the tenets of Citizenship in its Part II. India follows the system of single citizenship. As per Indian nationality law, jus sanguinis (citizenship by right of blood) in contrast with jus soli (citizenship by right of birth within the territory) is the norm. (more…)