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Minority Rights in South Asia

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I was just looking for how Minority Rights has been in our region. I spent time in China, Singapore and USA apart from my motherland India. I discovered in all of these countries, minorities do get better treatment than what they get in India. USA, one of the best and the most advanced democracies of the world, protects the rights of indigenous, linguistic, ethnic and religious minorities in all possible ways. Though they have a very bad history of minority rights and that had led to unequal economic status of different ethnic groups of USA, ultimately they have put genuine efforts to erase them all. Most importantly, they all acknowledge that difference does exist among different ethnic groups.

However, in case of South Asia, it’s all matter of denial. Each country says minorities are treated in the best possible ways they should have. However, as the UN data shows, all these countries has low rank in Human development and high rank in discrimination against minorities.

A report by Minority Rights in 2007 shows that Pakistan, Sri lanka and Nepal (along with Myanmar) are in the top 20 worst place for Minorities. In their report named “State of the World’s Minorities – 2007 “, a couple of our neighbor’s neighbors are also included – Afghanistan and Iran. Only Africa, as expected, has more representation in that list. The report has a truth about India –

“India, however, highlights the importance of implementation of standards: while the state has a plethora of minority rights standards, minorities continue to be vulnerable.”

In their latest report “State of the World’s Minorities – 2008”, the situation did not change at all. I wanted to dig a little bit deeper in the list of countries. The fully downloadable list also includes Bangladesh (at 36) and India (at 62), as expected. I agree that Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan Kingdom, has been ignored and Maldives is too homogeneous to really have any minority issue.

The most funny thing is, after all, we are proud of our culture. All of South Asians think their country has best cultures and yet …


Written by Diganta

March 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

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  1. […] New Horizon comments on the state of minority rights in South Asia: “Each country says minorities are treated in […]

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Chairman of “International Christian Rights Welfare Society” (ICRWS). It is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. It mainly works for the Welfare and Development of Christian farmers in Pakistan besides other charitable causes. For the last 19 years, ICRWS has been working for the uplift of the deprived and the voiceless. It is highly experienced in Agriculture, Human rights, Social Development, Health, Housing, Education, Gender Development and Environment Programmes for the farmers.
    Since 2001 ICRWS has been fighting for the preservation and establishment of genuine land rights of the Christian farmers of Chak No. 300-G-B, Tehsil & District Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, Pakistan. Consequent upon this struggle, at present, Christian farmers do have possession of the said land but the Govt. is coming in their way to acquire genuine right to own that property by lingering on the process to issue them Challan Forms for payment of this land, which is evident from the official record of Board of Revenue, Punjab, Pakistan.
    They have constructed a small number of mud houses for living and cultivating the land in uncongenial atmosphere. Though they do not have electricity, clean drinking water, fertilizers and fertilizing equipments yet they are striving their best for the welfare of mother earth.

    It would be a blessing for this deprived folk to know what your esteemed organization could do for their betterment and secure future.

    It would be in the fitness of things to mention here that there are many other agricultural pieces of land where the legal rights of Christian farmers and occupants are being usurped mercilessly. They are in dire need of moral and logistic help. We also provide them legal and material help to fight against this unjust situation and need your assistance in this regard.

    I hope to be in contact with your reputed organization.

    Anxiously looking forward to hear back from you at the earliest.

    Yours sincerely,

    Aslam Pervaiz
    International Christian Rights Welfare Society (ICRWS)
    Chak No9. 7/14-L, Iqbal Nagar,
    Tehsil Chicha Watni, District Sahiwal,
    Punjab, Pakistan.

    Aslam Pervaiz

    May 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  3. Does anybody in Pakistan care about Paki Christians? They are even not happy that a Christian minister has presented budget in Pak Punjab. What their close friends from US are doing for you? You are becoming a lost tribe and victims of ‘blasphemy’.

    Dr J Bhattacharjee

    June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    • I am chairman christian wrights welfare society Aslam Parvez a appreciate your remarks i hope to be in contact with your reputed friend in us. doing for christian farmers in Pakistan.

      Aslam Pervaz

      June 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

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