Linguistic, religious minority status to be decided state-wise: SC | India News

New Delhi: Supreme court It is an established position that the religious and linguistic minority status of a community is to be decided state-wise on the basis of the state’s population and it will be a mockery of justice if the majority in Mizoram is Christian. And Nagaland is given minority status or Sikhs are treated as minority community in Punjab.
A bench of Justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia, while hearing a PIL seeking a direction to declare Hindus as a minority community in those states, observed that any such community can be a religious or linguistic minority community. It said that the Marathi speaking people would be a minority community outside Maharashtra; Kannada speaking people are a minority in Maharashtra.
The petitioner submitted that Hindus are minorities in Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal, Lakshadweep, Manipur and Punjab but the Center has so far only allowed Muslims, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jain as minorities in the country.
The Supreme Court said it cannot examine the issue of minority status for Hindus “in the air” in some states and asked the petitioner to give concrete examples that Hindus were denied the benefits of minority status in those states. Gaya where their population is less as compared to other communities. ,
The petitioner mentioned some states where the population of Hindus is less as compared to other communities and requested that they be treated as minority community. material 29-30 For the establishment and administration of educational institutions of his choice. The Hindu population is 1% in Ladakh, 2.8% in Mizoram, 2.8% in Lakshadweep, 4% in Kashmir, 8.7% in Nagaland, 11.5% in Meghalaya, 29% in Arunachal Pradesh, 38.5% in Punjab and 41.3% in Manipur. ,
At the beginning of the hearing, a bench of Justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia asked whether there is a need to issue some notification by the government for granting minority status to any community. The bench also cited the example of educational institutions running DAVs across the country but said not all of its institutions would get the minority tag and would have to be decided state-wise and referred to the SC verdict in the TMA Pai case in 2002.
“Giving minority status to a Sikh institution in Punjab is a mockery of justice. Majority Christians in Nagaland and Mizoram cannot be called minorities in those states,” the bench said. State wise decision should be taken and not national level. Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the petitioner, sought two weeks’ time to come up with the instances where Hindus were denied the benefits of minority status.

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