Modes of Losing Indian Citizenship Modes of Losing Indian Citizenship

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Over 16 lakh Indians have renounced their Indian citizenship since 2011, including 2,25,620 people last year, the highest during the period, while the lowest of 85,256 was in 2020.

Modes of losing Indian Citizenship:

  • The Citizenship Act 1955 lays down the three modes by which an Indian citizen, whether a citizen at the commencement of the Constitution or subsequent to it, may lose their citizenship. These are,
  • By Renunciation:
    • An Indian Citizen of full age and capacity can renounce his Indian citizenship by making a declaration to that effect and having it registered.
    • But if such a declaration is made during any war in which India is engaged, the registration shall be withheld until the Central Government otherwise directs. 
    • When a male person renounces his citizenship, every minor child of him ceases to be an Indian citizen. 
    • Such a child may, however, resume Indian citizenship if he makes a declaration to that effect within a year of his attaining full age, i.e. 18 years.
  • By Termination:
    • If a citizen of India voluntarily acquires citizenship of another country, then the citizenship of India gets terminated.
    • This provision does not apply during times of war.
    • If any question arises as to whether, when, or how any person has acquired the citizenship of another country, it is to be determined by such authority and in such manner as may be prescribed by the rules.
  • By Deprivation:
    • It is a compulsory termination of citizenship of India.
    • A citizen of India by naturalization, registration, domicile and residence may be deprived of his citizenship by order of the Central Government if it is satisfied that:
    • The citizen has obtained the citizenship by means of fraud, false representation, or concealment of any material fact;
    • The citizen has shown disloyalty to the Constitution of India;
    • The citizen has unlawfully traded or communicated with the enemy during a war;
    • The citizen has, within five years after registration or neutralization, been imprisoned in any country for two years;
    • The citizen has been ordinarily resident out of India for seven years continuously.


Q1)  What is meant by a naturalised citizen?

A naturalized citizen of a particular country is someone who has legally become a citizen of that country, although they were not born there.A naturalized citizen carries essentially the same rights and responsibilities as any other citizen (a possible exception being ineligibility for certain public offices), and is also legally protected.

Source:  2.25 lakh people renounced Indian citizenship in 2022: Govt. data