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10 years of Sachar Committee Report

In March 2005, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had constituted a seven-member High Level Committee headed by former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar to study the social, economic and educational condition of Muslims in India. The committee submitted its report in 2006 and the report was available in public domain in November […]

National Commission for Minorities: Issue of Constitutional Status

National Commission for Minorities has been in existence for 38 years and there were recent debates on scrapping this body. Important Facts Officially, there are 6 minorities in India viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. The Union Government set up the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) under the National Commission for Minorities Act, […]

Controversy over Religious Data in Census 2011

The data had stirred up a controversy (in media) with respect to the growth of the minority (Muslim) population. The data revealed that the share of Hindus in India’s population had fallen very slightly from 80% to 79.8%. At the same time, the share of Muslims rose slightly from 13.4% in 2001 to 14.2% in […]

Minorities and Government schemes in India

The benefits of all the social schemes have not been able to reach the real beneficiaries. It is primarily because of the lack of education and skills to find way through the bureaucratic hurdles. Also, many of these schemes are launched without conducting any on-ground surveys to check the reality. The government thus has been […]

Grants-in-aid to Maulana Azad Education Foundation

Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) is a voluntary, non-political, non-profit making, social service organization established to promote education among the  educationally backward minorities. Interest on the investment of Corpus Fund given by the Government of India, is the only source of income for the Foundation. The schemes of the Foundation are for expansion and upgradation […]