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NRN'S DUAL CITIZENSHIP Row Put To Rest
Following the dismissal of the petition by the Apex Court, the demand for dual citizenship for Non-residential Nepalis has come to an end
By A Correspondent July 21, 2018, 9:17 a.m. Published in Magazine Issue: VOL 12 No.01, July 20, 2018 (Shrawan 04, 2075) Online Register Number: DOI 584/074-75
For almost ten years, dual citizenship had been a major demand of Non-Residential Nepalis (NRN). With almost half a million people of Nepali Diaspora living outside Nepal, giving up Nepali citizenship, individually, it was natural for them to claim the right to dual citizenship.
However, there are complications. Situated between two big and populous countries, Nepal cannot overlook the intricacies. This might be the reason that, despite a strong pressure from Non- Resident Nepalis, no government, which ruled the country after 2006, dared to fulfill this demand.
Although the current constitution has provisions to provide special benefits to NRNs, including their economic rights, they are denied the political rights to contest the elections. One group of people have been arguing that dual citizenship means division to loyalty of an individual to the nation. They oppose the idea to issue dual citizenship.
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