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The Khukhrain Biradari insists on full dual nationality rights

The Khukhain Biradari stepped up its campaign for full dual nationality rights for Indians at its annual dinner to celeberate Independence Day 2005. President of the Biradari Mr. Gurnam Singh Sahni has taken the lead in this campaign. He said that dual nationality without voting rights or an Indian passport will be little better than a PIO card. Seventy-one countries have provided for dual nationality with a right for a second passport, so why not India.”

Gurnam Sahni, a veteran journalist and highly respected leader within the Asian community, pointed out that full dual nationality is in everyone’s interest. “There are more doctors per capita in Jalandhar than any other city in India because so many NRIs go there for treatment. Havingan Indian passport will make it easier for them and also help such businesses in India”, emphasised Mr. Sahni.

In his address to the gathering at Baylis House in Slough, West London, the High Commissioner Mr. Kamalesh Sharma hailed the economic development of India, which he said had put India in the forefront as a world power. Mr Sharma also praised the success of Indians in Britain, and mentioned the Khukhrain Biradari as a group whose members are particularly successful.

Kulveer Ranger, a member of the Khukhrain Biradari who contested the last parliamentary elections on a Conservative Party ticket spoke of the need for the involvement of young Asians in the British political process.

“Although we have been successful in every field in the country, professionally and in business, as yet we have not fully engaged and involved ourselves with the political mechanisms that are used to govern this country,’ said Kulveer Ranger. He further pointed out, “We not only need to ensure, that we do this so that we are represented as communities and our concerns heard, but also so that we demonstrate that we do not speak just for our communities but for others in this country as well, as we are one community in this country.

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