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Jains become recognized minority in India: what does it change?
The Jain community had been fighting for their minority status in India since centuries. In a recent turn of events, the UPA Govt. has decided to approve the status, a move that is seen by many as a Poll SOP. Does conferring the minority status on the Jains change anything in the political alienation of the country? With over five million Jains in the country and with a Lok Sabha election coming up in 6 months, that is an important question to ask.

Minority Status for Jains: A history of a long fight

The fight for minority status for the Jains dates back to the British era in India when Lord Viceroy and Governor General Lord Minto decided to give representation to the various minority communities in the country and promised to consider Jains as minorities too. An appeal of similar nature was also made in 1947 to the Indian parliament. The discussions have been going on since then, but the official ruling was never passed. It was only a day ago when Congress led UPA Govt. promised to pass the ruling in the next few days and give the Jain community a minority status at national level.

And praises follow

West Bengal Jain Samaj has welcomed the announcement of Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Hon'ble Union Minister for Minority Affairs that Jains will be conferred minority status at National Level soon. Mr. Justice BL Jain (former Judge of Calcutta High Court), Mr. Narayan Jain, former member of West Bengal Minorities Commission and Mr. B.L. Dugar, Convenor West Bengal Jain Samaj have thanked the Hon'ble Minister and the Central Government.

The Jains are already declared minority at State Level in 13 States including West Bengal. With the recognition at national level the Jain students will get the benefit of various scholarships of Central Government, which hitherto they are not getting. This has been a long standing demand raised by the Jain Community.

Jains speak

With such decision, it seems that the Congress is scoring some brownie points ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Jains might be prompted to vote for the Congress as well. ''It is not the only consideration for voting, but sympathy is generated towards any party fulfilling pending demands of such community,'' said Narayan Jain, former member of the West Bengal Minority Commission.

The spokersperson of the Jain Community, Gurgaon, Abhay Jain feels this will not influence Jains, as they are smart and intelligent. He said, ''We do not think it will influence the Jain community in favour of the UPA and the state government, as it is too late. This change seems to have been brought about for just votes only.''

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What does a minority status mean for Jains?

With this minority status tag, Jains would find benefits in various government schemes and programmes. They would also be entitled a share in central funds. They can as well run and administer exclusive educational institutions.

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