Thursday, September 21, 2017
ABOUT US CONTACT US ADVERTISE WITH US FOLLOW US ON    
 
Kashmir Times Logo www.kashmirtimes.com
Jammu Kashmir
‘NCM dividing Hindus in J&K’
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Jun 15: Kashmiri Pandits and Dogra groups have accused National Commission of Minorities (NCM) chairman Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi of trying to “divide Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir” rather than urging the central government to prevail upon the PDP-BJP coalition in the state to extend the NCM Act-1992.

Rizvi had recently said displaced Kashmiri Hindus from the valley should be given minority status to allow them to get benefits of various schemes.

Prominent members of both the communities have said the successive governments in the only Muslim majority state in India have stalled the extension of the Act in J&K due to Article 370, which grants it special status. J&K is the only state in the country without a minority commission to safeguard interests of Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, who fall in the minority category as Muslims constitute 68 per cent of the 1.25 crore population of J&K.

“Sects or cults within a religion cannot be picked up and declared as minorities anywhere in India. The minorities in J&K are Hindus (which include Kashmiri Pandits as well), Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jains, who are being discriminated against at various levels. We have BJP governments in New Delhi and J&K and they should act,” said advocate Ankur Sharma, who had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2016 seeking a direction to the state to set up a minority commission to safeguard rights of religious and linguistic minorities.

Minorities under Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution of India are recognised on the basis of religion and language. Therefore religion as a whole can only be considered as a unit for declaring any community as a minority.

The state faces a unique problem. Here Muslims are in majority while Hindus and other communities are in minority. So the constitutional amendment to the J&K constitution is necessary so that schemes for the minority groups are implemented properly.

“First the process should be initiated to de-notify Muslims of J&K as minorities, as they despite forming majority in the state are still getting benefits of various schemes,” said Dr Ajay Chrangoo, Panun Kashmir (PK) chairman.

Padma Shri K N Pandita, who had also fought a long battle for rights of displaced Pandits, said mere statements could not end discrimination. “The J&K constitution has not defined any minorities and not extended the NCM Act in the state. The successive governments in the state have overlooked the same. It is a very complex issue involving legal aspects,” Pandita said.

Meanwhile, a group of social activists under the banner of the Jammu for India (JFI) has expressed surprise over the statement of the NCM chairman. “All Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs deserve minority status in the state. They have being denied the rights enjoyed by minorities in other parts of the country,” said Prof Hari Om, historian and member of the JFI.


News Updated at : Friday, June 16, 2017
 
Comment on this Story 
 
 
Top Stories of the Day  
Amarnath yatra route fully restored
SRINAGAR, Jun 15: The Amaranth Yatra route has been fully restored and the pilgrimage will start on June 29 as per the schedule. Nearly 30,000 paramilitary forces are being deployed to ensure a safe yatra, officials said. Governor N N Vohra today said the government is working hard to make the Amarnath yatra safe and convenient for the tourists. "The yatra is starting from June 29 and the preparations are going on for past few months. I have come to take stock of facilities here at the Pahal
> India rejects Pak's claim that Russia offered mediation on Kashmir issue
> Protest by students against closure of Shopian degree college
> Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk fly over work comes to halt
> Any misadventure on GST will be disastrous: NC
> Cop killed in Kulgam
 
 
Other Stories from Web  
 
 
 
Find us on
 
 
Weather Report
 
Shridev Sharma
 
Mata Vaishnodevi | Matavaishnodevi | Mata Vaishno Devi
 
Electric Blanket | Electric Bed Warmers | Electric Under Blankets | Electric Heating Blanket
 
 
 
Web Design Jammu, Web Design Company, Ideogram Jammu
 
 
Home | Contact Us | Kashmir Times | Kashmir Times E-Paper - Jammu | Kashmir Times E-Paper - Srinagar | Dainik Kashmir Times | Jammu Prabhat
Copyright 2013 Kashmir Times Group. All rights reserved. Powered by Ideogram Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd.