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Indian Elections: NRIs, PIOs Expectations

Dr. Tausif Malik 

Indian Elections: NRIs, PIOs Voice Expectations as the nation braces for another round of democratic exercise. Highlighting the diverse perspectives and demands of the vast Indian diaspora.

High Stakes in the Indian Elections

As India gears up for another round of democratic exercise. The ongoing elections have captured the attention of not only citizens within the country but also the vast Indian diaspora (NRIs, PIOs). With the stakes high and the outcomes likely to shape the nation’s trajectory for years to come. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are actively voicing their expectations and demands for meaningful government engagement.

NDA vs. India Alliance

The electoral landscape is dominated by two major groups: the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the India Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties including the Indian National Congress (INC).

Each group presents a distinct vision for the future of India, ranging from economic policies to social and cultural issues.

Expectations from the NDA

NRIs and PIOs aligned with the NDA are advocating for continued economic growth, investment-friendly policies, and initiatives to enhance India’s global standing.

They emphasize the importance of infrastructure development, job creation, and measures to attract foreign investment.

Additionally, there are calls for stronger diplomatic efforts to strengthen India’s position on the world stage.

Expectations from the India Alliance

On the other hand, members of the Indian diaspora supporting the India Alliance are calling for greater emphasis on social welfare programs, healthcare, education, and poverty alleviation. They highlight the need for inclusive policies that address the concerns of marginalized communities and promote social justice. Additionally, there is a push for greater transparency and accountability in governance, with calls for measures to tackle corruption and promote good governance.

Engagement with the Government

Beyond expressing their preferences at the ballot box, NRIs and PIOs are actively engaging with the Indian government through various channels.

This includes participation in political discussions, lobbying efforts, and initiatives to promote dialogue between the diaspora and policymakers.

As stakeholders in India’s development journey, they seek meaningful avenues for involvement and contributions to the nation’s progress.

PIO’s -The Dual Citizenship Debate

PIOs have been advocating for the introduction of dual citizenship. Allowing them to enjoy the benefits of both their host countries and India.

Currently, they benefit from the PIO card, but the prospect of dual citizenship opens up new opportunities for deeper engagement with India.

Dual citizenship would offer them to participate in elections, own property, and access social welfare schemes. Additionally, dual citizenship could strengthen the bond between PIOs and India.

Fostering a sense of belonging and facilitating greater investment and philanthropic contributions to the country’s development.

Leveraging the Indian Diaspora for Development

Looking ahead, there is significant potential for the future government to leverage the Indian diaspora for investment, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and startups.

The diaspora represents a vast network of talent, expertise, and resources that can contribute to India’s growth story.

By fostering closer ties with NRIs and PIOs, the government can tap into their knowledge, networks, and capital to fuel innovation, drive economic growth, and create employment opportunities in India.

As the elections unfold, the voices of NRIs and PIOs will continue to shape the discourse and influence policy priorities, paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous India.

About the Author

Dr. Tausif Malik is a social entrepreneur, publisher, and academician, renowned for his innovative ventures. He founded and publishes The Desi BuzzGCC Startup News, Startup Berita, and Halal Biz News, amplifying entrepreneurship globally. Dr. Malik also spearheads AIMBSNHalal Angels Network, and Startup Villages, fostering startup ecosystems. His groundbreaking initiative,, offers affordable edtech solutions, providing Indian university programs starting at $50 per month and professional IT courses priced at $250-$350. Through his diverse endeavors, Dr. Malik empowers individuals with access to education and opportunities.

Dr. Tausif Malik
Dr. Tausif Malik, a serial entrepreneur, academician, publisher, and editor, founder behind The Desi Buzz, GCCStartup.News, and Notably, he is the driving force behind, the world's first Affordable Education Platform (Edtech). is dedicated to fostering accessible University degrees (Undergraduate & Graduate/Masters) with starting fees as low as $60 per month, collaborating with accredited Indian Universities. Dr. Tausif Malik is a firm advocate of empowerment through education and fostering development through entrepreneurship.
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