“Democraticcitizenship is a project rather than an accomplished fact even incountries like India which grant equal citizenship”. Discusssome of the issues regarding citizenship being raised in India today.
“Democraticcitizenship is a project rather than an accomplished fact even incountries like India” as in democratic countries people arestill far behind in fully enjoying the rights associated withdemocratic citizenship.
In the context of India, equality of rights is ensured for all citizens by the Constitution, but does not always translate on the ground.
Socio-economic inequality is a major factor preventing the access of all citizens to basic rights.
Citizens have the right to move and work freely anywhere within the territory, they have the right to enjoy basic facilities that are needed to survive and lead a healthy life but migrants are exempted from these rights as Indian citizens at some places.
Besides migrants other citizens are not able to enjoy the rights fully. Girl children are not able to enjoy the basic right of education. Many poor children are forcefully engaged in child labour though these children have got certain fundamental rights in democratic India but they are not able to enjoy it.
The issue of dual citizenship for people who reside outside the country is also a matter of debate and shows the dynamic nature of the concept of citizenship.
Therefore,it can be said that democratic citizenship is a project that hasstill to meet its goal rather than having accomplished it.