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November 22, 2014Baha'is demand minority status in India
Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Posted: November 22, 2014 5:00 am
Less than a year after the UPA government declared Jains as a minority community, the Bahai community has reignited its demand for the status. The community much like the Jains is affluent, but it asserts that the status is a matter of recognition rather than plea for help.
Bahai representatives had met Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla in this regard and she, it was learnt, referred the matter to the National Commission for Minorities. The matter was also taken up by the NCM in more than one meeting, but the commission felt that it did not have enough data on the socio-economic condition of the community to make a concrete recommendation. It is now for the Ministry of Minority Affairs to take a call. There are around two million Bahais in India and the community is perhaps best known for the Lotus Temple. The religion traces its roots to Iran — the birthplace of Bahaullah, its prophet.
The issue of minority status for the Bahai community in India was first raised in 2004.
The Bahais had approached the UPA government in January this year immediately after the Jain community was designated as the sixth minority. They then took the matter up with the NDA government in August. The NCM considered the demand over several meetings in September and October.
“The commission deliberated on the issue, but felt that we did not have enough data to decide either way. We had asked for more information from the community and they did submit some… But, that was not enough for the commission,” said a source in NCM.
The spokesperson for the Bahai community, meanwhile, maintains that minority status is a matter of recognition and the community is not looking for scholarships and other support from the government. “The Bahai community does not accept money from others. That is why we do not charge an entry fee at Lotus Temple where we get 16,000 visitors a day… Even Jains did not require the government support but they were granted the status,” said Nilakshi Rajkhowa, an official at the office of public affairs in the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais.
There are around 2 million Bahais in India.
An open Letter to the National Commission for Minorities, India.
This is with reference to the above news that was Published in the Indian Express.
Sir, Baha'is are very well know for their dubious nature. They have always acted as Hypocrites and always exploited the innocent nature of people throughout the world.
Their hypocrisy is no more hidden and here are some examples for you to see before your esteemed commission make any decision regarding this case.
The official Indian Baha’i site ( www.bahai.in ) is actually misleading its visitors. They claim to be a 2.2 million strong community in India alone, which is obviously bogus and false. There are some real problems with the calculation of Baha'i population. I had my own doubts and questions about the reported numbers and wondered to what extent the teachings of the Faith had any real impact upon people in rural areas who had reportedly become Baha'is in such large numbers. One when looks at the Baha’i census of India whom Baha’i claims have largest number of Baha’is, immediately one will understand that there are three types of Baha’i census.
1-Bahai Census projected by Baha’i Administration through their websites.
They project about 2.2 million Baha’is in India.
Ref: (1) http://bahai.in/
2-Bahai Census projected by Baha’i Administration in their newsletters and Annual Reports.
Here they are of the opinion that there are hundred thousand Baha’is.
[Ref: (2) Annual Report Ridvan 165 B.E. 2007-2008 ]
3-Bahai Census given by Government of India in their official census report.
However, the official census of Government of India has something else to offer.
Official census of The Government of India
A-Census of 1991
The official Census of Government of India taken in 1991 puts Baha’i population as 5,575 (2,966 men and 2,609 women)
[Ref: (3) Indian Census Returns, 1991, for the Baha'is of India.]
B-Census of 2001
The official Census of Government of India taken in 2001 puts Baha’i population as 11,324 (6,138 men and 5,186 women)
[Ref: (4) Census of India, 2001]
Baha’is are quick to point out that the official census is false and full of prejudice, as most of the census officers are Hindu and they do not carry out their work honestly. They are however slow in their observation that all Baha’i census are carried out by overzealous Baha’i officers and that no person should question their integrity! It is not a hidden fact that the census conducted by the Government of India is carried out very meticulously by sincere and dedicated officers going door to door covering every household. Even if we give a 5% advantage it will not exceed 12,000. Furthermore, in questioning leading Baha'i administrators and other knowledgeable Baha'is asking them about the Baha’i population in India they have said somewhere between 13000, to 14,000. There was ready acknowledgement of the occurrence of what "Juan Cole" called "fraudulent" teaching in his post.
Out of these 11,324 Baha’is,
1-Most of them are Persian
2-Some are those who have signed the card thinking that Baha’i Faith is a social organization.
3-Some of them have signed due to deception.
4-In Pune it was reported that Persian Baha’is have gone to the villages and they have asked illiterate villagers to sign the card offering the temptation that signees would receive some scholarship.
5-In Madhya Pradesh, Baha’i speakers have gathered masses giving some lectures and the speaker asking the question. Is there any one amongst you who does not believe in God? The audience responded ‘No’. The speaker then exhorted them to sign the card.
6-One of the Bahai official who visited India in 1984 claimed in his speech at the Baha’i Centre that he would have easily collected 200 addresses of people saying they are Baha’is although they gathered there under the name of a Medical Camp.
7-Many false addresses were given to acquire number of delegates especially in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Why should the Baha’i authorities wish to project an image more than its reality?
1-It is in order to present an inaccurate picture to the world (as well as to individuals considering conversion) and to make the Faith seem much more successful and influential than it really is.
2-These addresses are recorded as "Bahais" to show to the Government of India as the number of Baha’is to gain minority status by deception and to avail all the facilities and privileges given by Government of India to its minorities.
It was fairly apparent that declaring oneself a Baha'i did not mean that an individual was being put in the position of having to “leave” his own religious tradition (which in this case was primarily Hindu). The declared Baha’i for the most part continued to practice traditional behavioral idioms. Moreover there was little indication that they had abandoned the Hindu “world view”. It originated from Iran the most of the high ranking officers are Iranians with head quarters in Israel! They have incorporation of Assemblies, cluster growth committees, so called devotional / reflection meetings, administrative rights and sanctions, Election and Selection, Auxiliary Board Members (Reporters), Counselors (Reporters of Higher Level), elections at local, state and national levels, etc. With this so called unique administrative system, they plan to bring a New World Order that will be guided by the Universal House of Justice, Haifa (Israel). Our Country will be guided by the Nine Men Supreme Body sitting in Haifa. So you can just imagine how "Divine" this religion is!
Repeating a lie cannot and will not become the truth. The Baha’i population in India is not more than 13,000 and in the world by any means they are not more than one hundred thousand.
For a religion to progress and propagate, sincere service is required to attract the masses. Hypocrisy and lip service cannot attract the masses anymore.
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