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Tablighi activity now a specific visa violation

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Tablighi activity now a specific visa violation

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: Overview of the new guidelines and implications.

 Context: Union Home Ministry has included indulging in Tablighi activities as a specific visa violation under the new amendments.

Overview of the amendments:

It has added a new category—“restriction on engaging in Tabligh activities” in the “general policy guidelines relating to Indian visa.”

The guidelines provide details of 24 categories of visas and the various conditions under which they could be granted online or by missions abroad.

The $500 fine is also for other violations such as overstay of more than two years, visiting protected areas and cases involving both overstay and visa violations.

As per the amended guidelines:

  1. Foreign nationals granted any type of visa and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders shall not be permitted to engage themselves in Tabligh work.
  2. There will be no restriction in visiting religious places and attending normal religious activities like attending religious discourses.
  3. However, preaching religious ideologies, making speeches in religious places, distribution of audio or visual display/pamphlets pertaining to religious ideologies, spreading conversion, etc. will not be allowed.

What’s the issue?

Home Ministry is the nodal agency that gives permission to any foreigner to participate in any international event.

The MHA had blacklisted 960 foreigners who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat event in March at Nizamuddin markaz (centre) in Delhi in March 2020.

A foreigner who is blacklisted cannot get a visa from any of the missions to come to India.

What is Tablighi Jamaat?

Founded by a Deobandi Isamic scholar at Mewat, Uttar Pradesh, in 1926, the Tablighi Jamaat (Society of Preachers) focusses on ‘purifying’ the Muslim faith. It has presence in 150 countries.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. What is Tablighi Jamaat?
  2. Different types of visas issued in India?
  3. Issuing authority?
  4. Nodal agency in India to give permission to any foreigner to participate in any international event.

Mains Link:

Write a note on tablighi jamaat.

Sources: the Hindu.