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Hindus in minority in 7 states; PIL seeks minority status

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking minority status for Hindus in 7 states and 1 Union Territory. The reason for the PIL is that the population of Hindus in these places has fallen down significantly. As per the 2011 Census, the population of Hindus in Lakshadweep is 2.5%, Mizoram (2.75%), Nagaland (8.75%), Meghalaya (11.53%), J&K (28.44%), Arunachal Pradesh (29%), Manipur (31.39%) and Punjab (38.40%). This is why a minority status has been requested through a PIL filed in the Supreme Court. The PIL has been filed by Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwnani Kumar Upadhyay. The petition talks about the problems being faced by Hindus in these places. The petition says that since Hindus are in minority here, they are not able to exercise their rights in the truest sense. This is why they need to be given minority status.

As per 2011 Census, Lakshadweep is a Muslim dominated Union Territory, followed by Hindus, Christians, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh. Mizoram is a Christian dominated state, followed by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. Nagaland is also Christian dominated, followed by Hindus and Muslims. Meghalaya is Christian dominated, followed by Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Jammu and Kashmir is majorly Muslim, followed by Hindus, Sikh and Buddhists. Arunachal Pradesh has the highest Christian population, followed by Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. Punjab is Sikh dominated, followed by Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The existing Constitution of India does not define the exact meaning of minority, but a decision can be taken based on the social, economic and demographic data of a particular community.

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