Description:                                                                               Resources:

Curriculum: BCI (law courses in India);                                    Citizenship: Worksheet (PDF format)

                    VTU (engineering courses in Karnataka)  

Grade(s):    Undergraduates                                

Subject(s):  Constitutional Law (BCI); Constitution of India, Professional Ethics and Human Rights (VTU)

While the constitution lays out the criteria to be an Indian citizen, it also gives Parliament the authority to regulate citizenship through legislation. This means that the subject of citizenship continues to be debated till date, especially due to the recent amendments to citizenship laws by the Government.

The Constituent Assembly debated conferring citizenship on various lines, including ethnicity, religion, and place of birth. These debates were especially contentious because of the partition of India. As a result of the large-scale migration between India and Pakistan, the assembly discussed matters such as dual citizenship, the rights of such migrants, and the rights of non-resident Indians.

How did the Assembly members feel about the various ways in which citizenship was conferred, and what did they ultimately decide? What is the relationship between equality and citizenship?

Using the CADIndia website, can you answer these questions about citizenship?