Rallying against Goan’s migrating to Portugal under the aegis of Portuguese citizenship law offering citizenship to the residents of its former colonies, Freedom Fighters Association of the state demands the Central government to ‘shut-down’ of Portuguese consulate in the state, or even severe diplomacy ties with the Portugal, if they do not stop their ‘absurd’ dual citizenship scheme to Goan’s.
According to a member of the association, Nagesh Karmali, the Portuguese citizenship was an ‘insult’ to Indian sovereignty over its states, whereas it was a reminiscent for the Goans of the brutality of the former colonial rulers.
“What is the logic for Portuguese to extend citizenship for Goan’s, when in 1974-they have signed a treaty with India recognizing India’s sovereignty over its former colonies. The British and the French have remained committed to their part of the agreement, so why this absurd Portuguese law that contradicts the treaty’s agreement,” he said.
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The 84-year old veteran freedom fighter along with association president Shyam Sunder Nagvekar held the Government of India equally responsible for the citizenship faux-pas. “None of the Central government’s so far have made concrete effort to question the Portuguese portaria issued in (decree) 1975 to this effect, nor when it was included as a part of organic law in 2006, this despite, our representation to the central government and the home department asking them to take note of the situation,” Karmali said.
According to the association, approximately 40,000 Goans have migrated to European nations availing the Portugal citizenship, creating drain of human resource in the state.
Dismissing, the proposed setup of ‘Dual-Citizenship authority’ in the state merely as an eye wash, the Freedom Fighters Association says its only a gimmick by the BJP parties ruling both at Central and state in a run-up to state election in 2017. “How will a single authority based out of the state, resolve dual-citizenship matter without diplomatic links in Portugal, he can only ask people to voluntarily surrender their Portuguese identity,” Karmali added.
Only solution to the citizenship crisis, suggests that the Central government must ask Portugal to immediately stop issuance of citizenship through such vague procedures and streamline like other nations or MEA must intervene and stop Portuguese consular service in Goa. “The solution is right in front of the Central government, stop the operation of Portuguese embassy and its allied consulars in the country. India has nothing to lose by severing ties with that nation, in fact we would retain from losing man power and brain drain,” the veteran leader said.