Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seems to have set the ball rolling for granting voting rights to Non Resident Indians.
“I recognise the legitimate desire of Indians living abroad to exercise their franchise and to have a say in who governs India,” Singh said at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet in New Delhi.
According to reports, the law ministry is working on amending the Representation of the People Act to include those living overseas as citizens.
While seeking the active involvement of NRIs with their home country is the aim of this move, yet for many, the very fact that they left the country to seek life elsewhere doesn’t seem to shore up their right to vote.
Is it fair to people who are living in the country itself?
It can be said that people who are residents have the maximum stake in who should rule the country.
Seeking a green card is the dream of many a middle-class Indian living abroad but should that be coupled with voting rights as well?