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Baha段s meet Modi minister, demand minority status

23 Aug 2014 06:08 PM, IST

Baha段s meet Modi minister, demand minority status
Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, Union Minister of Minority Affairs met a two-member delegation of National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India in New Delhi on 22 Aug 2014. (Photo - PIB)

By IndiaTomorrow.net,

New Delhi, 23 August 2014: A two-member delegation of National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India met Union Minister of Minority Affairs Dr. Najma A. Heptulla here on Friday seeking minority status to their community. The delegation comprised Ms. Nelakshi Rajkhowa and Ms. Farida Wahidi.


According to the official website of the Baha’i community, there are over two million Baha’is scattered in over 10,000 localities of the country. The Baha’i faith originated from Baha’u’llah (1817-1892). Baha’is consider him as prophet of their faith.


India has constitutionally recognized only six religious minorities – Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains.


The National Commission For Minorities was set up on 17 May 1993. Vide a Gazette notification issued on 23 October 1993 by Ministry of Welfare, Government of India, five religious communities viz; the Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) were notified as minority communities. Further vide notification dated 27 Jan 2014, Jains have also been notified as minority community.The commission, a constitutional body, safeguards the interests of the religious minorities in the country.


As per the 2001 Census, these six religious minority communities constitute 18.80% of the country’s population - Muslims alone account for 13.40% of the minority poulation. The government has not released the 2011 Census data about religious break-up of the population.

Keywords : Baha段 ,   minority status ,   Narendra Modi ,   Najma Heptullah ,   Muslims  

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07 December 2014 11:56 AM
It is sad that in an Islamic country, next door to India, the Baha'i Faith is a recognized minority religion under the constitution of Pakistan. And here in secular India after close to a 100 years presence it has still not been granted full recognition!


27 August 2014 08:03 PM
In a matter of few years we will anyway be in majority. Why should we bahais restrict our vision to minority status.


27 August 2014 03:44 PM
These Baha'is exaggerate their numbers in every country to acquire minority status.


27 August 2014 03:37 PM
Baha'is are lying to the Government of India by propagating that they are 2 millions in India. If fact according to official figure of census of India 2011 they are just little more than 11000. Government official should take of note of it before accepting their demand. Ref : Reference Website : http://www.censusindia.gov.in/DigitalLibrary/MFTableSeries.aspx Bahai Census of India C - 1 APPENDIX - Details of religious communities shown under 'Other religions and persuasions' in main table C-1 Total Bahai Population is 11324 ( Religion Code 702009 )



07 January 2016 10:55 PM
Dear Henry, please be honest. Did you look at those numbers by youself? If I follow your link and try to look at the tables...nothing. The table only contains: "Data Not Yet Released." Here is the link again. Please click on the table C1 from the C-series http://www.censusindia.gov.in/DigitalLibrary/TablesSeries2001.aspx I guess you just copy-pasted from some strange hateful source that doesn't look very reliable to me. The number 11324 you mentioned seems to come from a 2001 poll or something. Definitly not 2011. All the best, Rob


27 August 2014 07:33 AM
I am also a bahai. I am fine without any "status". True bahai love is not in need of any recognition. Numbers will happen easily that way



27 August 2014 02:14 PM
Yes, that is the spirit. But the Haifan Baha'is are working hard for Minority status everywhere in the world.


26 August 2014 12:14 PM
I am an Orthodox Baha'i from Chennai. I agree that Baha'is should be granted Minority status. This way we will also be granted a constitutional protection from the government of India. Government of India has always been kind to the Baha'is for which we Orthodox Baha'i Community wish to thank. May the Blessed Beauty bless this beautiful country.



27 August 2014 02:12 PM
Dear Dhruv, We believe in Continuation of Guardianship after Shoghi Effendi. According to the Will & Testament of Abdul Baha the House of Justice is invalid without a living Guardian. We have many Websites you can search about our beliefs on the Internet. We are not that significant numbers in India but we are growing. The Guardian lives in Australia and that is our administrative centre.



27 August 2014 01:55 AM
What exactly is an orthodox Baha'i?


25 August 2014 01:45 PM
Good intiative, We are more in number than Parsis in India


25 August 2014 11:56 AM
I am also BAHA'I from sivakasi - Tamilnadu This is very good demand and essential also. Thank you

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