Mains Paper 2: Governance | mechanisms, laws, institutions & Bodies constituted for the protection & betterment of these vulnerable sections
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: National Commission for Minorities, Articles 25 to 30 of Constitution
Mains level: Minority status in India and various provisions related to it
Committee to look into whether Hindus should get minority status
- The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has formed a three-member committee to look into whether Hindus should get minority status in eight states where they are not the dominant religious group
- A petition has been filed with NCM seeking minority status for Hindus in eight states: J&K, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Punjab
Why this move?
- The activist had originally filed a petition in the Supreme Court
- The court declined to adjudicate, saying it is not something that the court can decide on
- Activist then approached the Commission with his plea
What does petition say?
- According to 2011 Census, Hindus are a minitory in eight states
- Their minority rights are being siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily to the majority population
- This is because neither central nor state governments have notified Hindus as a ‘minority’ under Section 2(c) of National Commission for Minority Act
- Thus, Hindus are being deprived of their basic rights, guaranteed under Articles 25 to 30 of Constitution