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Sachar for Christians demanded

New Delhi: Sachar committee demolished the myth of Muslim appeasement by pointing out socio-economic deprivation. The Christian community feels the need for a similar study for an appraisal of their status. A meeting held on 25 January, presided over by Delhi Archbishop Vincent Concessao and attended by Church representatives, decided to petition the UPA government for this type of study to become a reference manual.

John Dayal, general secretary, All India Christian Council, pointed out that the study conducted by the council about Dalit Christians established their poverty. However, the data have to be authenticated, “we want the government to quantify their marginalization in terms of poverty levels, land holdings, literacy and so on.” He said that a memorandum would be handed over to the National Minorities Commission, the minorities minister and the Prime Minister’s office. The demand assumes significance because of elections in Kerala where Christian constitute a substantial part of population. It was pointed out that barring a handful affluent ones; the community is highly marginalized. Tribal Christians bear the brunt of not only the Maoists but also of the mining corporates. Dalit Christians suffer discrimination as they are denied reservation.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 18

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