“Direct and declare that Hindus have equal rights to the protection of their language, script and culture like Muslims, Christians and Parsis,” the petition, filed through advocate Ashwini Dubey, said.
A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Center to declare that the fundamental rights given to minorities like Muslims and Christians to run educational institutions under the Constitution are also available to the majority community. Get it done. Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution deal with the rights of minorities to protect their “distinctive language, script or culture” and provide them with the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice, based on religion or language. .
Lawyer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwini Upadhyay has made the ministries of Home Affairs, Education, Law and Justice and Minority Affairs as respondents in his PIL and under Article 29 (right to protection of script, culture etc.) for minorities. By declaring the Fundamental Rights conferred on them to be “available to all citizens”, he urged them to direct them to introduce a Uniform Education Code.
‘State cannot curtail this right’
The petition, filed through advocate Ashwini Dubey, said, “Direct and declare that Hindus have equal rights to the protection of their language, script and culture like Muslims, Christians and Parsis, and the State shall not curtail this right.” The petition has sought a direction to the Center to declare that the majority community has “equal rights to establish, operate and run educational institutions of their choice like Muslims, Parsis, Christians and The state cannot reduce it.
Article 30 of the Constitution states that “all minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice”. shall not discriminate against any educational institution in granting aid to institutions on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language.
Urges to extend equal fundamental rights to the majority community
It has been said in the petition that Article 29-30 in the Constitution was brought keeping in mind the effects and circumstances after the religious division. The petition has sought extension of equal fundamental rights to the majority community keeping in view the rights such as equality and protection against discrimination on the basis of caste, race, language, sex and religion.
It said, “Because all citizens have the right to preserve their language, script and culture and have the right to establish, operate and maintain educational institutions of their choice and granting this right to minorities only would negate the purpose of secularism.” “Therefore, the Center is bound to introduce a Uniform Education Code in a harmonious formulation of Articles 14, 15, 16, 19, 21A and Article 29-30 with the Preamble,” the petition said.
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