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312 Sikh foreigners removed from post-militancy ‘adverse list’ (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

At least 312 Indian-origin Sikhs living in foreign countries have been removed from a Ministry of Home Affairs “adverse list”, enabling them to apply for Indian visa and visit the country. Only two persons from the list have been excluded.

The official said that in future, Sikhs mentioned in the list could eventually apply for registration as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) after they have applied for and held normal visa for a period of two years.

Why Sikhs were initially put under “adverse list”?
In 1980s, when Sikh militancy was at its peak, many members of the community in India and abroad were influenced by anti-India propaganda. Some Sikhs fled India to escape the authorities, acquired foreign nationality and took asylum outside the country. They were placed in the adverse list till 2016, making them ineligible to avail visa services to visit India.

The list prepared by the intelligence agencies was available with all Indian missions and it was a major roadblock for persons seeking visa even for their family members who were not on the list.

Source: The Hindu



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