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India Sikh Bodies Demands Inclusion Of Religion And Punjabi In Census


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Sikh bodies demands inclusion of religion and Punjabi in Census

Sikh bodies demands inclusion of religion and Punjabi in Census @ www.punjabnewsline.com

MOHALI: Various Sikh bodies hold a protest in front of Mohali Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding inclusion of religion and mother tongue, Punjabi in the Census.

The protesters alleged that it was a deliberate attempt by the Central government to hide facts about the population based on religion and language. Led by Hardeep Singh, member, SGPC, representatives of various bodies, including Global Sikh Brotherhood, Sikh Missionary College, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Shiromani Sikh Samaj, and gurdwara committees also urged the SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to intervene.

While submitting a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Hardeep Singh said that India is a multi-religion and multi-lingual country and the concept of "unity in diversity" should not be ignored while collecting data for Census.

He said all policies to be made for the benefit of the minorities, promotion of regional languages and ethnic communities would be nullified in case the information was not collected.

Hardeep also pointed out that the form containing the column regarding caste should be made optional because all religions, including Sikhism, Christianity and Islam reject caste system.

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