Minority status in India is State-dependent, says SC

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Minority status in India is State-dependent, says SC

  • Minority status of religious and linguistic communities is “State-dependent”, said Supreme Court.

What did the Supreme Court say?

  • Every person in India can be a minority in one State or the other.
  • One can be a minority outside his/her State.
  • A Kannada-speaking person may be a minority outside Karnataka.

What was the petition about?

  • Court was hearing a petition that followers of Judaism, Bahaism and Hinduism are real minorities in Ladakh, Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Kashmir, Punjab and the North-East States.
  • However, they cannot establish and administer educational institutions of their choice because of non-identification of ‘minority’ at the State level.
  • Religious communities such as Hindus here are socially, economically, politically non-dominant and numerically inferior in several States.

Prelims Take Away

  • Minorities and Types
  • Constitutional provisions related to Minorities