Indian Christian Fear Demand to Abolish Minority-Led Educational Institutions

10/17/2018 India (International Christian Concern) – Leaders of minority communities in India, including Christians and Muslims, are concerned by a report demanding the government stop allowing minorities to run religiously-based education institutions. The report was drafted by the Centre for Policy Analysis, a think tank of the hardline Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and released on October 10.

According to constitutional provision, religious minorities in India are allowed to establish and administer educational institutions for their communities. This is overseen by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, a legal body that advises federal and state government on issues related to minority institutions.

The Centre for Policy Analysis claims that by letting minorities run their own educational institutions it is compartmentalizing the national identity of India. The group has called for the abolishment of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions and an end to minority-led education institutions.

Christians and other religious minorities fear this demand as they see it as another attack on their freedoms in India. By abolishing minority-led educational institutions, many Christians fear Hindu nationalists will be one step closer to establishing India as a Hindu nation. This establishment of India as a Hindu nation would likely see religious minorities relegated to the status of second class citizens.

While the Centre for Policy Analysis has demanded the abolishment of minority-led institutions, it has remained silent on the tens of thousands of educational institutions led by the RSS where Hindtuva ideology is spread.

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