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Vishwa   07 June 2009 at 00:39

Foreigners Act

There are many overseas Indians who adopt the nationality of the country where they live. They thus hold foreign passports and need a visa to visit their motherland where they often have very close family, religious and cultural attachments.

The present government has vastly improved the amenities available to this category of people by introducing Person of Indian Origin and Overseas Indians cards that certainly make travel and residence in India far easier, even though to obtain this card is a big hassle.

Even so, a person born in India is liable for prosecution if for example, he overstays his visa.

My question is, does a person of Indian origin have a right to territory, what the French call "droit au sol" and whether a criminal prosecution of such persons is legally and morally right. Because the right of a person of Indian origin to return to his country of birth should be considered a part of natural law.


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