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PoliticsIndiaHow Supreme Court has opened floodgates for conversion with order on reservation

How Supreme Court has opened floodgates for conversion with order on reservation

On an order of the Supreme Court, the union government has set up a three-member commission for inquiry to look into giving Scheduled Castes status to Dalits who have converted to any religion other than Sikhism or whereas it has been held for long that it's the quota exclusively for Hindu castes that was keeping in check large-scale conversions to Abrahamic faiths, Christianity and Islam, which are forever in the lookout for newer members of their respective 'clubs'.

Former Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan will head the commission that will have as its members UGC member Prof Sushma Yadav and retired IAS officer Ravinder Kumar Jain. 

The government has set a time of two years for the commission to submit its report.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment issued a gazette notification yesterday that said the commission would also examine the changes that people of the Scheduled Castes go through on converting to other religions in terms of their customs, traditions, social and other status discrimination and deprivation, and the implication of the same on the question of giving them Scheduled Caste status. This means that while missionaries, evangelists and tablighis continue to fool gullible Hindus by saying their religion does not have a caste system, they can now continue to make that false assertion while also letting the converts enjoy reservation with the excuse that they are still being discriminated against.

Furthermore, the commission has been tasked with examining the implications of granting Scheduled Castes status to Dalit converts on existing Scheduled Castes communities in the country.

Recently, the Supreme Court sought the most recent position of the union government on a batch of petitions challenging the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order of 1950, which permits only members of Hindu, and Buddhist religions to be recognised as Scheduled Castes. This is notwithstanding the fact that an increasing number of Ambedkarite and Periyarite Buddhists are turning abusive to Hinduism, misrepresenting the faith in their propaganda and collaborating politically with Muslims and Christians.

The petitions arguing for inclusion have cited several independent commission reports that have documented the existence of caste and caste inequalities among Indian Christians and Indian Muslims, noting that even after conversion, members who were originally from Scheduled Castes continued to experience the same social disabilities. 

The closest a government has got to including Dalit Christians as Scheduled Castes came in March 1996 when, based on a recommendation of the then Ministry of Welfare, the PV Narsimha Rao government first brought a bill to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order accordingly. However, the nill could not be passed.

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