Sri Lankan refugees living in India cannot be given dual citizenship as demanded by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa because India does not recognize dual citizenship, an Indian official told the Indian Express on Wednesday.
The official was responding to the demand for the grant of dual citizenship made by the TN Chief Minister when she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday. “India does not recognize dual citizenship. It has a category called the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) which is meant for people of Indian Origin living in various countries as citizens of those countries. But to be an OCI, a person has to show documentary proof of his or her Indian origin. Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are not people of Indian origin,” the official said.
In other words, the TN Chief Minister’s demand can be considered only after India changes its citizenship law to recognize dual citizenship, and that is a far cry, Indian media reports.