Can Sikhs claim minority status in Punjab? issue for Const..

Can Sikhs claim minority status in Punjab? issue for Constitution Bench

Can Sikhs, a majority in Punjab, claim ‘minority' status there?

The Supreme Court on Thursday indicated that it would refer for adjudication by a Constitution Bench the issue whether Sikhs, who form a majority population in Punjab, can claim ‘minority' status in that State.
A Bench of Justices B. Sudershan Reddy and S.S. Nijjar gave this indication during the course of arguments on a batch of appeals from the State of Punjab and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) against a judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which held that Sikhs were not “minorities” in Punjab and could not claim minority rights. In May 2009, the court stayed the operation of the judgment.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on December 17, 2007 struck down a notification issued by the Punjab government on April 13, 2001 permitting the SGPC to give 50 per cent reservation to Sikh students in colleges run by it on grounds that Sikhs were a minority community.

“Parameters not applied”

The High Court was of the view that the impugned notifications had not applied the relevant parameters for declaring a group of individuals to be minority. “The country could not be taken as a unit, as has been done. There is no material to substantiate that “Sikhs” are a non-dominant group in Punjab apprehending deprivation of their rights at the hands of “dominant” groups, who may come to power in the State in a democratic election. The notifications are clearly ultra vires the jurisdiction of the State government, violating right of equality and public interest.”
The State and the SGPC argued in the Supreme Court that the High Court erred by striking down the minority status of the Sikhs. They said that going by the definition of Sikhs as explained in the Sikh Gurdwaras (SG) Act, 1925, only about 53 lakh, roughly one-third of the electoral college of the SGPC, were Sikhs as against the 1.66 crore total voters in the State. They disputed the High Court's reasoning to conclude that Sikhs were a majority by virtue of a Census report that pegged their population in the State at 59.2 per cent.
The State said this figure, taken from the 2001 census, was based on a counting of all sects belonging to Udasis, Nirmala Sadhus, Sant Nirankari Mandal, Dera Sacha Sauda, Radha Soami Satsang. “They are not Sikhs within the meaning of ‘Sikh' under the SG Act, 1925, since they believe in living gurus.”
Re: Can Sikhs claim minority status in Punjab? issue for Con

wtfrig.....sikhs are a minority in the country? if muslims started living together in an area their rights will dimnish?...stupid logic by the high court.


Re: Can Sikhs claim minority status in Punjab? issue for Con

sarkaar naal matha te koi marad aggamrra e laa sakda...
kala constitution ..kala kanoon ...kala lahoo ...kala dil..
pata nai kithey galti ho gayi etheaas kolon .....suraj vaang magdi kaum..ajj khido vaang leero leer ho gayi ...
Re: Can Sikhs claim minority status in Punjab? issue for Con

Ehna di (insert relatives name) nu puchey hun jeh muslim ik shehar ch ikhathey rehan lag gey tah ehda matlab eh a ki oh minority ni?

ik paase kehndey a india khata doojey pasey minority status state dey base tey decide hunda....