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Reclaiming Bharat: The quest for Hindu equality in the face of Constitutional Biases

“Reclaiming Bharat: The quest for Hindu equality in the face of Constitutional Biases”, Hindudvesha, December 14, 2023:

“Ambedkar’s words sound rather hollow to a vast majority of Hindus today because they believe the Constitution of India failed to protect their interests from the very start. One would think that after the Muslims divided the country and carved out two Islamic countries, the Hindus would finally have a state where they could freely practice their religion without fear or interference.

But on the contrary, the Constitution was not only out of sync with India’s civilizational ethos, it was amended numerous times such that it became an instrument of oppression against Hindus. In fact, it has been amended and misused so often that in 1974, legendary jurist Nani Palkhivala wrote a book, the title of which sums up its essence: “Our Constitution: Defaced and Defiled.” 

So blatant is the constitutional bias against Hindus that in 1980, the Ramakrishna Mission – a quintessentially Hindu religious organization – petitioned the courts to have itself declared a non-Hindu minority religion, Ramkrishnaism. The Mission’s sole aim in doing so was to benefit from the protection of Article 30 of the Indian Constitution, which allows ‘the minorities’ – a shorthand for Muslims and Christians, to safeguard their autonomy. However, the plea was rejected by the Supreme Court in 1995. “The fact that a Hindu institution had to claim to be a minority institution to safeguard its independence speaks volumes,” comments Arvind Sharma, retired IAS officer and professor…..”

Read the full article at Hindudvesha.org

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