Full text of the Misra Commission Report, National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, Ministry of Minorities, Government of India

Contents Vol. 1 Chapter I Introduction Chapter II Constitutional and Legislative Provisions Regarding the Minorities Chapter III Religious Minorities and their Status Chapter IV Linguistic Minorities and their Status Chapter V Status of Women among Minorities Chapter VI Criteria for Identifying backward Sections among Religious Minorities Chapter VII Measures for Welfare and Development of Minorities Chapter VIII Reservation as a Welfare Measure Chapter IX Demands for amending Constitution (SC) Order, 1950 Chapter X Recommendations and Modalities for their Implementation Note of Dissent by Member – Secretary Note on Dissent Note (written by Member Dr T Mahmood and endorsed by Chairman & other two members) Appendices 1. Texts of the Government Resolutions and Notifications 2. List of Workshops sponsored by the Commission 3. List of Studies sponsored by the Commission 4. Names of the States/UTs visited by the Commission 5. Contents of Volume II 6. Sex Ratio of Population: 1991 and 2001 and 0-6 years: 2001 7. Schedule of Socio-economic Parameters Contents Vol. 2 Questionnaires Sent Questionnaries sent to States/UTs Supplementary Questionnaire sent to States/UTs Questionnaire sent to Districts Questionnaire sent to Selected Colleges Format Regarding Collection of Information/Data on Developmental/ Welfare Schemes/Programmes for Religious and Linguistic Minorities from Ministries/Departments Proceedings of the Meeting of the Secretaries, Minorities Welfare/ Minorities Development Departments of the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations held on 13th July, 2005 List of Community Leaders/Religious Leaders With Whom the Commission held Discussions Findings & Recommendations of Studies Sponsored by the Commission A Study on Socio-Economic Status of Minorities -Factors Responsible for their backwardness Educational Status of Minorities and Causes for their Backwardness andIdentification of Socio-Economic Indicators for Backwardness Role of Madrasa Education in Mainstreaming Muslims into Educational System Rapid Assessment of the Role of Financial Institutions in the Upliftment of Minorities in the Country Aspirations and Career Plans of Children of Religious Minority Role of Religious Educational Institutions in the Socio-Economic Development of the Community Selection of Criteria and Identification of Social and Economic Backwardness among Religious Minorities Educational Status of Religious and Linguistic Minorities in India Religious Minorities in India – A Situational Analysis Findings & Recommendations of Workshops Sponsored by the Commission Issues Concerning Disadvantaged Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists Linguistic Minorities “Reservation Policy – Assessment of Impact” Issues Concerning Disadvantaged Christians Annexures to the Report of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities Conferment of SC Status to Persons Converted to Christianity and Islam Depoliticising Backwardness – Alternative Approaches Issues Concerning Disadvantaged Muslims Communication to States/UTs Seeking their views on SCs Convert to Christianity/Islam Public Notice regarding SC converts to Christianity/Islam Names of the States/UTs visited by the Commission Summary of the Report on the Visit to the State of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Summary of the Report on the Visit to the State of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan

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Widows and Half Widows: Saga of extra-judicial arrests and killings in Kashmir

This book is about women who even after years of the disappearance of their husbands, sons and fathers are still on a daily search for their loved ones while trying to discover their own identity — are they widows or not widows. Apart from economic hardships, they have been alienated by family, society and government. Documenting their mental agony and trauma was never an easy task. This book compiles their tragedies in order to give a voice to the voiceless. Courts have failed them, successive governments have brushed aside their suffering, society has adopted an indifferent attitude and there are those who earn out of the indigence of these women.

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