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📜 Article 6

6. Rights of citizenship of certain persons who have migrated to India from Pakistan.— Notwithstanding anything in article 5, a person who has migrated to the territory of India from the territory now included in Pakistan shall be deemed to be a citizen of India at the commencement of this Constitution if—

(a) he or either of his parents or any of his grand-parents was born in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally enacted); and

(b)(i) in the case where such person has so migrated before the 19th July 1948, he has been ordinarily resident in the territory of India since the date of his migration, or

(ii) in the case where such person has so migrated on or after the 19th of July 1948, he has been registered as a citizen of India by an officer appointed in that behalf by the Government of the Dominion of India on an application made by him therefor to such officer before the commencement of this Constitution in the form and manner prescribed by that Government:

Provided that no person shall be so registered unless he has been resident in the territory of India for at least six months immediately preceding the date of his application.
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🔍 Explanation

Citizenship is described in Part II of the Constitution of India, under which there are a total of seven articles from Articles 5 to 11. There is no permanent law in the constitution to ensure Indian citizenship. Rather, under Article 11, it was left to the Parliament to make suitable permanent law in this regard. And the Parliament enacted the Citizenship Act in the year 1955 for the purpose of implementing the same.

[An article exists on this topic, you must read it – Citizenship: Meaning, Acquisition, Termination etc.]

But till this law was not made, then who will be considered as a citizen of India and who will not, this has been mainly mentioned from Article 5 to 8. And under this here we are going to discuss Article 6.

| Article 6 – Rights of citizenship of persons coming to India from Pakistan

Actually India was defined under the Government of India Act 1935. But since the partition at the time of independence, a large part of that defined area went to Pakistan.

So the Pakistan that is being talked about here is the same Pakistan which was a part of undivided India before independence. So overall under the provisions of Article 6 if a person has come to India from Pakistan then he can become a citizen of India;

If either of his parents or grandparents or great-grandparents were born in undivided India and if he had come to India before July 19, 1948 for the purpose of residence. (Such a person need not register.)

But if he has come to India after July 19, 1948, he will still be considered a citizen of India if he has got himself registered with a competent authority appointed by the Government of India.

But the thing to be remembered here is that if a person has not been resident in the territory of India for at least six months immediately preceding the date of his application, he shall not be so registered.

So all in all this is article 6, hope you understand. To understand other articles, you can use the link given below.

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