Status of Minority is a sweet poison

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Not only such minorities’ interests are protected, but they also get special facilities as a minority in the provinces where they are in the majority.

There is an interesting petition at the table in the Supreme Court. Mr. Ashwini Upadhyay has argued in this petition that the definition of the minority in India should be changed. While declaring a man of any religion as a minority, the number of people of his sect should not be counted on a national basis, but on a provincial basis.

It means Sikhs are a national minority in the whole of India’s population but otherwise they are a majority in Punjab. Similarly, Muslims are the majority in Kashmir and Lakshadweep but they have got minority status in India on a national basis. Christians are a majority in Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Nagaland, but they are minorities at the national level.

Minority Commission has been formed to protect the interests of minorities. Not only their interests are protected, but they also get special facilities as a minority in the provinces where they are in the majority. On the other hand, Hindus do not get minority facilities in the states where they are a minority. Why is it so? Why shouldn’t they get it?

In the Minority Commission Act of 1992, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis – these five communities were given minority status on the basis of religion. Why these five, why not other 50 too? Giving this kind of status itself is wrong in my opinion. It is against the basic spirit of the Constitution.

This is the biggest joke in a secular nation. In the name of religion, this country was partitioned in the year 1947 and you revived the same ground again. Do not you seem to unknowingly support the demand for separation of Punjab and Nagaland from India? If the BJP is truly a nationalist party, then it should immediately demolish this delusion of the minority.

You have given so much official recognition to the religious identity of the people of India that inter-caste marriages cannot be easily done. For true democracy and true nationalism, it is very important that the religious and ethnic identities of ordinary citizens are kept extremely personal. It should not have a public or political form.

If someone’s costumes and names reveal his ethnic or religious identity, that identity should be discouraged. There can be neither a permanent minority nor a majority in any healthy democracy. In every election the minority can turn into the majority and the majority into a minority.

The permanent minority in a way, intends to weaken national unity, it is no less than a sweet poison just like an ethnic reservation but what should we do about it? All the leaders and all the parties are feeding the same sweet poison to Bharat Mata with the crave of the same majority votes or say vote bank. 

(Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidik)


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