Christians, the ‘insignificant people’, complain to the Karnataka State Minority Commission
- Civilization can be judged by the way it treats its Minorities – Mahatma Gandhi
Incidentally the above is a quote that scrolls on the website of the Directorate of Minorities Govt. of Karnataka. Is it followed in spirit or is it there just for lip service ask the members of Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka.
Persevering with their fight for “Equal opportunities and Social Justice for Christians, Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka, took their cause a step further by knocking on the doors of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission. It began with a peaceful flash protest with the Christians leaders and activists assembling and holding placards and a blank Black banner at the V V Towers.
Having waited for over 3 weeks after voicing the concerns of the Christian community it was now the time to once again remind the Karnataka State Minority Commission as to:
- Why the Directorate of Minorities does not recognize the other minority communities on a par with a particular community that gets the lion’s share of benefits.
- Why is it that it is dominated by a particular community and a deliberate attempt made to create an impression that the other minorities are under a particular community in the DoM, whereas it should be a flat structure without any hierarchy of communities.
- Why did the Chairman of the KSMC not accept the memorandum “Equal opportunities and Social Justice for Christians” on December 18, 2017, aptly called “International Minority Rights Day”.
- Why no acknowledgment was made of the biggest feast of the Christian Community at the program on Dec 18, 2018, when Christmas was very much in the air. Why these double standards.
Agnel Rajendran once again reminded the officials as to why the Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis are discriminated against by the DoM, and Why were the contributions of the Christian Community members such as Oscar Fernandes, Alexander, David Simeon, Sangliana, Margaret Alva, Ivan Nigily and other professionals and scholars were not recognised or invited for the official programs conducted by KSMC on December 13 and 18, 2017.
Advocate Mathew also appealed to the KSMC to release an unedited copy of the video recording of the December 18, 2017, program. This is required as the entire Christian community was insulted by an official on the podium who pushed Adv. Mathew aside and prevented him from speaking when the MC had made an announcement that he could speak for a couple of minutes and hand over the memorandum.
Why are the minority schemes channelized only through the office of the local MLAs asked Mrs. Nirmala Peter, a Christian leader. She brought to the notice of the official that the MLAs were dictating terms as to who is a beneficiary and invariably the schemes are misused to promote party politics by the MLAs. She also felt that the benefits should directly go to the poor and the needy in society and some MLAs are creating an impression that they are the one and only authority to decide who will be the beneficiaries. The issue of agents and corruption was also raised and certain facts and realities were discussed threadbare.
The official from KSMC also gave a patient hearing and assured the gathering that the Commission will definitely look into the grievances and take necessary steps and clear any apprehensions in the minds of all minority communities.
Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka, will continue to knock on the doors of the highest authorities in this land to ensure that justice is done for all minorities and the anomalies in the Directorate of Minorities are rectified.
The online petition Equal opportunities and Social Justice for Christians is available at:
The full video recording of the interaction with the KSMC official is available on YouTube at: