Two years ago when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP was rising to power in the centre, the Maheshwaris, a Pakistani Hindu family, were making plans to move across border to India as they were concerned about their safety. Though it had nothing to do with PM Modi’s promise of “accommodating” Hindu migrants from Pakistan, it could have come at a better time. It has now been two years since BJP came to power but PM’s promise to Pakistani migrants yet remains unfulfilled. Maheshwari’s 19-year-old daughter Mashal was just a young Pakistani student when the family moved to India.
Looking to follow in her parents’ footsteps, Mashal too dreams of becoming a doctor and has over the years worked hard to achieve that dream.
But since moving to India, she is one of the many feeling the pinch of the delay in government action as even after securing 91% in CBSE Class 12th examination, she is not being allowed to appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) exam.
According to AIPMT rules, there are only two categories under which aspirants can apply – Indian citizen or NRI. Unfortunately, Mashal is under neither of the categories.
Having no option left, Mashal placed a request on the Prime Minister’s portal, requesting PM Modi to help her out.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj responded assuring Mashal that she will personally take up this matter.
The Maheshwaris had moved to Jaipur from Hyderabad, Pakistan in June 2014. Despite being well-off, Mashal’s mother and father – both doctors – ended up quitting their profession to move to India.
They are now residing in Jaipur on a long-term visa and Mashal’s mother, Dr Nirmala, has taken up work at a private hospital.
Mashal is still a Pakistani national and she cannot do much about her dream in India unless she enrolls in a private medical college.
But private colleges are too expensive. Feeling the pressure, the Maheshwari’s have already written to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and state health minister Rajendra Rathore, but to no avail.