The move to grant dual citizenship is welcome but it should not be done blindly. NRIs who are permanently settled abroad do not contribute anything for the benefit of the country and should not be granted the benefit of the scheme. Only those who come to India regularly should be granted dual citizenship. At least the period of stay in India should be made the criteria. Any person who wishes to avail of the benefits from two countries should contribute and sacrifice for both. A status symbol will not serve any purpose.
(This letter published in Hindustan Times, January 10, 2005)