Minority Rights Day 2021: Every nation in the world has its share of minorities, whether linguistic, cultural or ethnic. Preserving and protecting their rights is a challenge for almost all governments.
In India, we celebrate Minority Rights Day on December 18th every year with the aim of raising awareness of their rights. The day also focuses on the issues facing minorities in the country.
This day also helps us to better understand the issues of minorities and their concerns in matters of security. The Constitution of India guarantees equal rights for all its citizens, including safeguarding the rights of persons belonging to religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities.
History of Minority Rights Day:
Minority Rights Day in India was first celebrated on December 18, 2013. On December 18, 1992, the United Nations proclaimed the Declaration on the Rights of Individuals Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious or Linguistic Minorities.
The UN declaration stressed that the rights of minorities must be respected, protected and preserved by states and in individual territories.
Ministry of Minority Affairs in India:
For the first time in 2006, a Ministry of Minority Affairs was created. This ministry comes from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The communities which have been notified as minorities in India are Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Zoroastrians (Parsis), Jains and Buddhists.
National Commission for Minorities (NMC):
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) was established under the 1992 National Commission for Minorities Act.
Theme of Minority Rights Day 2021:
Minority Rights Day in India 2021 is celebrated every year on December 18 by organizing debates and seminars on the same topic. The plight and the situation of minorities are studied in depth to ensure that India is free from discrimination.
Every citizen should make India free and open to people from different strata of society. Minority Rights Day in India 2021 aims to uplift the minority part of society. The development of the nation is in the hands of minor and major sections of society.
Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains are considered to be the common minorities in India which occupy 19% of the population of India. In 2006, the Ministry of Minority Affairs established programs for the well-being of the country.
The National Minority Community was established under the National Commission for Minorities Act 1992. Campaigns, rallies, public events, orientation programs and fundraising for social assistance, etc. are the activities carried out to celebrate Minority Rights Day in India.
Quotes from Minority Rights Day:
- âIt is always the minorities who hold the key to progress; it is always through those who are not afraid of being different that human society advances. -Raymond B. Fosdick
- “No democracy can survive for long without accepting recognition of the rights of minorities as fundamental to its very existence.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
- âThe smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. -Ayn rand
- âThe minority have their equal rights, which an equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. -Thomas Jefferson
- “It’s wrong to be oppressed by a minority, but it’s worse to be oppressed by a majority.” -Lord Acton
- “Almost always, the dedicated creative minority has made the world a better place.” -Martin Luther King jr
- âDiscrimination has many layers that make it difficult for minorities to get a head start. -Bill Gates