As the world struggles with working out the moral, legal, and social terms of the majority-minority relationship India’s engagement with this question, since the last 70 years, constitutes a valuable global intellectual resource. On the issue of minority rights in a democracy India can be the teacher of the world. This was stated by Prof. Peter Ronald DeSouza of Delhi University while delivering 9th Annual Lecture 2016-17 on “Minority Rights and Democracy in India” organised by the National Commission for the Minorities in New Delhi today.
Prof. DeSouza said that three key ideas emerge from this debate on minority rights. The first that cultural and religious plurality is an asset to a nation and not a threat, a bold argument to be made after partition when the sense of the house was overwhelmingly for strong integration. The second is that cultural autonomy must be allowed, the protective argument, so that individuals can develop their personalities to the fullest using their cultural resources. And the third is to give this belief constitutional and not just statutory status.
Speaking on the occasion, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, rights of Minorities are more secure and strong in India in comparison to any other democracy of the world. During last about 2.6 years of NDA government, we have worked hard to create a sense of equality among the Minorities, he added.
Meanwhile, since NDA has come into power, incidents of suppression by Cow vigilante groups and other right wing outfits of Dalits and Muslims have increased a lot, which questions the claim of security and strength made by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
(With PIB Inputs) Feature image: dailyamin.com