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Is Indian Secularism a privilege only for certain communities? [Read PIL]

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jul 2021 12:18am

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A PIL was recently filed by Lawyer and BJP spokesperson, Ashwini Upadhyay, in the Apex court demanding equal treatment of all religious institutions by the government. It requested the apex court to direct the Centre to form a Common Charter for Religious and Charitable Institutions and Uniform Code for Religious-Charitable Endowments. 

The Plea further called for action against the inequal treatment of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist worship places by state governments. 

State governments own and control the management of Temples and Gurdwaras, control and operate their assets, take their money, and even have major say in events like Puja and other rituals. At the same time, Mosques and Churches, in India, are owned and operated by the respective religious organizations. The governments do not charge them anything, instead they provide them monetary support and other benefits as well.

“In 2002, from 2 lakh temples in Karnataka, the government collected Rs. 72 crores but returned merely Rs. 10 crores for repair and maintenance. On the Other hand, it granted Rs. 50 crores for the Madrasas and Rs. 10 crores for the churches”

Notably, India still follows age old laws which were made by Britishers. One such Act is the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Act which was created in 19th century to control and regulate Hindu temples. 

Even after Independence, politicians concocted this anti-secular law to “Provincialize the administration of Hindu Religious Institutions.” 

Under it, the state governments have taken over thousands of temples. This has in effect allowed… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Ashwini Upadhyay   Secularism   Religious Equality   Minority   Religious Institutions   Madrasas   Religious Endowments  
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