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Jains to be given minority status soon: Antulay

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 09:32 IST

Union Minister for Minority Affairs AR Antulay said the Jain religion would be given minority status only after attaining consensus between both the sects within the religion.

"I am working towards bringing a consensus between Digamber and Shvetamber sects... I have had meeting with them and soon, we will be able to notify Jains as minority," he told reporters.

The Union minister said there is no specific deadline set on the notification giving Jains a minority status.

Critical about the way the word `minority' is considered in India, Antulay said the word has been "abused" a lot.

"As per Constitution of India, there are two kinds of minorities -- religious and linguistic. Religious minorities contribute to 29.5 per cent of population. Even Hindus in Kashmir, Punjab and north-east are considered as minorities," Antulay said.

"When it comes to linguistic minorities, one third of Indian population is minority which comprises 95 per cent Hindus," the Union minister added.