German student, kicked out of India for participating in citizenship law protest, claims he was told not to return
German exchange student who was shown the door by the Indian immigration authorities after he went viral for joining a protest against the citizenship bill in December has claimed he was discouraged from coming back.
Jakob Lindenthal, a German student from Dresden, has said he was advised by the Indian embassy in Germany against travelling back to India on his student visa, The Sunday Express reported, citing the student himself.
Lindenthal said that his visa would not expire until June 27, telling the outlet he was eager to come back and resume his studies on the Indian soil. Lindenthal shot to fame on the back of the mass protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Chennai in December where he was photographed carrying signs that read “No democracy without dissent” and “1933-1945: We have been there.”
At the time, Lindenthal was already living in India for five months, having joined the physics department of IIT-Madras as part of an exchange program with Technical Unversity-Dresden (TUD) in late July.
His was supposed to take two semesters in India and return to Germany in May until his stay was cut short.
Critics of the amended citizenship law, that makes it easier for the members of six persecuted religious groups from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to receive Indian citizenship, argue that the legislation discriminates against Muslims. The Indian government has rejected criticism, with PM Narendra Modi saying that the law was not discriminatory as it is aimed at giving a citizenship as opposed to stripping somebody of one. The Indian leader also argued the law was humanitarian in nature and aligned with the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi.
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