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Assam Favours redefining minorities District wise

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, religious minorities should be defined district-wise in the border state.

According to the 2011 Census, Hindus comprise 61.47 per cent of Assam’s total population of 3.12 crore. Muslims constitute 34.22 per cent of the population and they are in majority in several districts. While Christians form 3.74 per cent of the total number of people in the state, the percentage of Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains is less than one per cent.

“For long, there has been a perception in India that ‘Muslim’ means minority, but now this has come under challenge,” Sarma told the Assembly during the budget session. “Hindus can also be a minority in a particular state depending on the geographical situation, population pattern and threat perception,” he said.

The chief minister claimed that the Supreme Court has stated that a community will be considered a minority if its language, culture and identity are threatened by another community.

“So, in this scenario, we cannot directly call Muslims or Christians minorities. It will depend only on the situation and atmosphere of one state. It is an evolving situation,” he said.

Asserting that it is an evolving and dynamic situation, Sarma said the state government is awaiting clarity on the subject from the Supreme Court.

“We hope that we will come to know who is the actual minority from the SC judgement.”

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