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Minorities and Minority Institutions

O. Chinnappa Reddy

in The Court and the Constitution of India

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066286.003.0025
Minorities and Minority Institutions

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The Supreme Court of India has always done its best to offer to the minorities the guarantees provided by the Constitution. The Constitution affords the country's minorities ample safeguards for the safety and advancement of the minorities and minority institutions, all of which are guaranteed as fundamental rights. The rights supposedly conferred on the minorities are no more than rights aimed at making India a truly democratic secular country and to secure to its citizens justice — social, economic, and political; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith, and worship; equality of status and of opportunity; and to promote fraternity among them all, assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation, so proudly proclaimed in the Constitution. Religion, language, and culture were the basic elements to be considered with reference to each state to determine the question whether any section of the population was a minority. This chapter also discusses the constitutional rights accorded to minority educational institutions, including those related to reservations, admissions, appointment of teachers, and disciplinary control.

Keywords: India; Supreme Court; Constitution; minorities; minority educational institutions; reservations; admissions; teachers; disciplinary control; religion

Chapter.  4137 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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