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INDIAN CITIZENSHIP AND RELATED MATTER

Author:  N S Ajay , Advocate, High Court of Kerala. Though India is a Federation having two levels of government, Centre and the States – there is only a single citizenship, viz., the Indian citizenship, and so no separate state citizenship. Arts. 5 to 11 in the Constitution lay down as to who are the citizens of India at the commencement of the constitution i.e. on January 26, 1950. As regards the citizenship of India subsequent to the commencement of the Constitution, the provisions are contained in the Citizenship Act. 1955 enacted by the Union Parliament under Article 11.   CITIZEN, CITIZENSHIP A citizen is a person who enjoys full civil and political rights in that State. Citizenship simply means the membership of the political community or the State. Citizenship is a legal status determined by the specific rights and duties. It carries with it certain advantages. There are certain Fundamental Rights which are available only to the citizens of India. There are four categories of p

INDIAN CITIZENSHIP AND RELATED MATTER

Author:  N S Ajay , Advocate, High Court of Kerala. Though India is a Federation having two levels of government, Centre and the States – there is only a single citizenship, viz., the Indian citizenship, and so no separate state citizenship. Arts. 5 to 11 in the Constitution lay down as to who are the citizens of India at the commencement of the constitution i.e. on January 26, 1950. As regards the citizenship of India subsequent to the commencement of the Constitution, the provisions are contained in the Citizenship Act. 1955 enacted by the Union Parliament under Article 11.   CITIZEN, CITIZENSHIP A citizen is a person who enjoys full civil and political rights in that State. Citizenship simply means the membership of the political community or the State. Citizenship is a legal status determined by the specific rights and duties. It carries with it certain advantages. There are certain Fundamental Rights which are available only to the citizens of India. There are four categories of p