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Curious case of marginalisation of Hindus: A report on institutionalised discrimination against Hindu majority population by secular nation state of India.

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The word ‘minority’ has nowhere been defined in our constitution thus leaving it up to the whims of our union govt to decide who constitutes minority in India. The minority could mean any of the sections like religious, linguistic, sexual, ethnic minorities or religious minority in states etc but the focus of our entire govt has always been mostly on religious minority of complete nation. Hindus who are religious minority in various states and union territories are not beneficiary of various schemes run by our secular govt despite their low representation in administration or their socio-economic backwardness in their respective states where they are religious minority.

The infamous Sachhar committee report upholds this ex-parte treatment meted out to communities other than religious minority community in general and Hindus in particular and underpins this blatant violation of their right to equality envisaged by founding fathers of our constitution. Though there have been fundamental flaws in the report of Justice Sachhar committee yet our govt launched various schemes for religious minority of India riding on the flawed and imaginary notions derived from this undercooked report. The report is based on conjectures of author as explained by Dr Rinku wadhera in this extensively researched report in following monologue- There is a separate ministry of minority affairs in govt of India and separate departments for minority affairs in state govts as state govt has departments in place of minorities. The ministry of minority affairs and corresponding departments in state govts are both allotted a fat amount from public coffers in their annual budgets for running various schemes exclusively for religious minorities for their supposed upliftment where as they are already either at par or performing better in various living standard parameters of livelihood.     

Let us assume that I am a minority in the state of Uttar Pradesh that is often portrayed as the worst place for a minority to live in by our woke-liberals. This detailed report will clear the picture as to how I become more than equal in nation state of India if I happen to be from minority community. I will be taking financial year 2019-20 for reference as we have all the required data for the said financial year at our disposal, sourced from various govt portals. The annual revised budget of ministry of minority affairs of union govt alone was ₹4,700 crores for year 2019-20 which has been raised to 5029 crores in estimate budget of 2020-21 ( The annual budget of department of minority welfare in Uttar Pradesh for the same year was ₹3158 crores after revision ( Therefore a person of minority community can avail benefits from schemes run at the cost of whopping ₹8187 crores exclusively for them.

It must be noted that there is no scheme that bars minority community from availing benefits which are open for general populace. They avail benefits of all the general schemes in addition to  schemes run by GOI exclusively for religious minority. These exclusive schemes are compiled in compendium of Schemes/programmes run by ministry of minority affairs and its subordinate organzations for the welfare of minority communities in India ( The various schemes run by union govt includes waqf board modernisation & development programme, pre-matric sholarship for minorities, post-matric scholarship for minorities, Merit cum means scholarship for professional and technical courses(graduate and under graduate), Maulana Azad national fellowship for minority students, Naya Sawera, Padho Pradesh, Nayi Udaan etc. These schemes facilitate financial assistance in admission, tuition fees, hostel fees, monthly maintennace allowance etc to the beneficiaries who are obviously and essentially from minority community. Other schemes include Skill development initiative, Nayi Manzil – Integrated educational and livelihood initiative, USTTAD, scheme for leadership development of minority women, Hamari Dharohar for conservation and protection of culture and heritage of minorities, Maulana Azad sehat scheme and Maulana Azad scholarship for minority girl students sponsored by Maulana Azad education foundation which in turn is funded by ministry of minority affairs and most ironic ‘scheme for containing population decline of small minority community’.

Various other promotional schemes like vocational training scheme with 90% grants and marketing assistance scheme to market support at national and state level exhibitions with 90% grants are run for promoting enterpreneurs from minority community. The ministry also funds the grants in aid to state channeling agencies for implementation of NMDFC (National minorities development and finance corporation) programmes, equity contribution to NMDFC, grant to National commissiom for minorities. Comparatively, a paltry sum of ₹2.30 crores was allotted for special officer for linguistic minorities in 2019-20. A student of minority community can also avail a  loan from NMDFC up to ₹3 lakhs for short term high skill course, ₹10 lakhs for professional and job oriented degree, ₹20 lakhs for courses abroad for 5 years with a mere 3% interest rate as against 9.55% interest rate on student loan offered by SBI to common citizens of India ( An individual belonging to minority community can also avail loan from NMDFC up to ₹10 lakhs for self employment at the interest rate of 5% and 6%.

As if this unjust treatment was not enough, GOI rolled out 15 point programmes encompassing various other ministries thus effectively concentrating the execution of other schemes like ICDS run by ministry of child & women development, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan & Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya scheme run by Human resource development ministry, Ajeevika scheme (formerly known as Swarn jayanti gram swarojgar yojna) run by ministry of rural development, Swarna Jayanti shahari rojgar yojna run by ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation etc in localities with minotity communities. HRD ministry also run schemes for providing quality educatiom in madarasa, scheme for infrastructure development in minority institutions, generating greater resources for teaching of Urdu etc. Also, there are various schems/programmes like Integrated housing and slum development programme, Basic services for urban poor etc where flow of funds is monitored in monority concentrated areas and by all other means they are equally beneficial to all the citizens of India.

It is also pertinent to note that GOI has incurred an estimated expenditure of ₹5775 crore (estimated at the beginning of 12th five year plan) for excuting multi-sectoral development programme where govt was to focus on minority concentrated blocks(MCB) and minority concentrated towns (MCT). The programme was to target 710 MCBs and 66 MCTs in various states and union territories. Therefore, it is apparent that the actual amount spent on minority community exclusively  other  than the expenses on development of general population including minorities surpasses the total sum of annual budgets of ministry of minority affairs and department of minority welfare of U. P. i.e., ₹8187 crores as mentioned above. 

This institutionalised discrimination meted out to Hindu majority by nation state of India is appalling. This minority appeasement has further been mainstreamed as secularism by prejudiced and Hinduphobic media of India. All these facts have always been in public domain but no-one ever cared to report this partis pris. We can only hope to see an equal and just India where religious identity does not affect the prospects of opportunities for her citizen. Jai Hind….

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