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No plan to tag Jains, Sikhs as Hindus for now

Friday, February 25, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pooja Jain
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Bowing to opposition from representatives of the Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists for giving them the Hindu tag and bringing their religious institutions under the muzrai department, the state government has decided to drop the proposal.

The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, a week after the announcement was made. "Instead, the government will bring a new legislation benefiting their religious institutions," muzrai minister V S Acharya told TOI.

TOI in its edition dated February 17 had said the cabinet would approve the amendment to the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Act, 1997, to bring Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists under the term `Hindu' and have control on the religious institutions run by them. While giving the nod to this clause, the cabinet kept mutts out of the purview of public scrutiny.

The religious minorities associations have welcomed the government's move of keeping them out of government's purview. Harminder Singh, general secretary of Sri Guru Singh Sabha, a Sikh religious organization, thanked the government and said the gurdwaras come under the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971. "Hence the Sikh gurdwaras can not be clubbed under the KHRICE Act, 1997 and Sikhs cannot be clubbed as Hindus," he said.

Milind Dharmasen, national president of All India Buddhist Youth Organization, and S Jithendra Kumar, president of Karnataka Jain Association, also welcomed the government's move.

Source: Times of India dated Feb 24, 2011

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