The Christians groups across the country have welcomed the Indian
Union Government tabling the report of the Justice Rangnath Misra
Commission in Parliament.
They have urged the government to
immediately implement its important recommendation that Christians
and Muslims of Dalit origin be given the same benefits now given to
Scheduled Castes professing Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism as their
The above statement was issued by Dr.
John Dayal, Member, and National Integration Council, on behalf of
the All India Christian Council, the All India Catholic Union, the
United Christian Action and the Union of Dalit Christian
The Dalit Union President Adv. Edward
Arockiadoss and Dr. John Dayal had in a delegation together with
members of Parliament Ali Anwar and D. Seelam met Union Law Minister
V. Moily and other political leaders earlier this week demanding
that the report be tabled and its recommendations implemented.
“Justice has been done by the Misra commission. It is now for the
Government to do justice,” Dr Dayal said.
The government has now to inform the
Supreme Court of India about the recommendations of the report of
the Justice Rangnath Misra Commission, set up in 2004, as the apex
court is hearing a bunch of writ petitions filed by Christian and
other groups on the issue. The report had been put into cold storage
for more than two years.
Justice Misra, a former chief justice
of India, has accepted the demand raised by Dalit Christians for 59
years urging the Government not to discriminate against them on
grounds of their religion, but to once again extend to them the
political, economic and development privileges accorded to all
Dalits by the Constitution of India when it was signed into law on
26th January 1950. These rights were taken away brutally by the
Presidential Order of 1950 which strengthened the rightwing
fundamentalist religious lobby and which continues to constitute a
slur on the Secular foundations of the Indian Nation. The commission
has accepted that caste transcends religion and caste discrimination
is present in all religious communities.
The National Commission for Religious
Linguistic Minorities has also strongly recommended that there
should be a law earmarking 15 per cent seats for the minorities,
including 10 per cent for Muslims, in all general educational
"As by the force of judicial decisions
the minority intake in minority educational institutions has, in the
interest of national integration, been restricted to about 50 per
cent, thus virtually earmarking 50 per cent or so for the majority
community, we strongly recommend that, by the same analogy and for
the same purpose, at least 15 per cent seats in all non-minority
educational institutions should be earmarked by law for the
minorities," the report of the commission tabled in the Lok Sabha on
Friday said. To ameliorate their economic condition, the Commission
has suggested earmarking of 15 per cent of the total share for
minorities in all government schemes.