News UpdatesPlea In SC Seeks Identification of Minorities At ‘State Level’; Challenges S. 2(f) Of National Commission for Minority Education Institution Act [Read Petition] Akshita Saxena11 Aug 2020 5:31 AMShare This – xBJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction upon the Central Government to lay down guidelines for identification of minorities “at State level”, in spirit of its verdict in the TMA Pai case. In the case of TMA Pai, the Top Court had held that the unit for determining status of linguistic and religious minorities would be State. It…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginBJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction upon the Central Government to lay down guidelines for identification of minorities “at State level”, in spirit of its verdict in the TMA Pai case. In the case of TMA Pai, the Top Court had held that the unit for determining status of linguistic and religious minorities would be State. It observed, “Since reorganization of the States has been on linguistic lines, therefore, for the purpose of determining the minority, the unit will be State and not whole India. Thus, religious and linguistic minorities, who have been put on a par in Article 30, have to be considered state wise.” In the instant case, the Petitioner is aggrieved by declaration of 5 communities, viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsee, as minorities “at national level”, thus giving them the right to establish & administer minority educational institutions even in those States where they are in majority, while depriving the same rights to followers of Judaism, Bahaism & Hinduism. “It is respectfully submitted that denial of minority rights to the real minorities and arbitrary and unreasonable disbursement of minority benefits to the absolute majority, infringes upon the fundamental right to prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religion race caste sex and place of birth [Article 15]; impairs the right to equality of opportunity in the matters related to public employment [Article 16]; and offends freedom of conscience and right to freely profess practice and propagate religion [Article 25]. It also erodes the obligation of the State ‘to endeavour to eliminate inequalities in status facilities opportunities’ [Article 38],” the plea states. Giving instances of such discrimination the Petitioner, through Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey, has stated, “Centre has arbitrarily declared Muslims as minority, who are 96.58% in Lakshdweep, 95% in Kashmir, 46% in Laddakh. Similarly, Centre has declared Christians as minority, who are 88.10% in Nagaland, 87.16% in Mizoram & 74.59% in Meghalaya. Hence, they can establish and administer educational institution of their choice. Likewise, Sikhs are 57.69% in Punjab and Buddhists are 50% in Laddakh and they can establish & administer educational institution of the their choice but not the followers of Bahaism and Judaism, who are merely 0.1% and 0.2% respectively at national level.” He has sought that the Central Government through its Ministries of Affairs, Law & Justice and Minority Affairs, be directed to ensure that only those religious & linguistic groups, which are socially/ economically/ politically non-dominant and numerically inferior at state level, can establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. Significantly, the plea challenges Section 2(f) of the National Commission for Minority Education Institution Act, 2004, inasmuch it grants “unbridled power” to declare minorities and is contended to be violative of Articles 14, 15, 21, 29, 30 of the Constitution.It may be noted, that in 2017, the Supreme Court had disposed of a plea filed by Mr. Upadhyay, seeking minority status for Hindus in eight states, and had asked him to approach the National Minorities Commission. Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 May 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link624Shares Advertisement Tony Adams reveals the best moment of his Arsenal career Former captain Adams won multiple trophies with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Someone said to me the other day, “I thought you were left-footed” and that’s the biggest compliment you can give me!‘It was a very special moment. I’ve got some great memories but that’s probably the best.’Wenger’s Arsenal amassed 78 points during the 1997-98 season, pipping rivals Manchester United to the Premier League title by one point.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: William Saliba to be allowed train with Arsenal after loan spell expiresMORE: Tony Adams sends warning to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer Tony Adams has revealed the best moment of his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Tony Adams says the best moment of his Arsenal career came in 1998 when he scored an iconic goal against Everton to help the Gunners win the Premier League.Former England captain Adams made 672 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions in an extraordinary career that spanned three decades.Adams won four English top-flight titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners and says scoring against Everton to help Arsene Wenger’s side clinch the title in May 1998 was ‘orgasmic’.Victory over Everton on May 3, 1998 would see Arsenal become champions and the Gunners secured a 4-0 win at Highbury, with Adams scoring the final goal late on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me it was very spiritual to be honest,’ the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports. ‘It was one of those orgasmic moments.‘I’d been in recovery for two years – two years without a drink – and I was free in the head and feeling happy off the pitch as well as on it.‘To burst through and smash that one in… from a lad who couldn’t kick it with his left foot when he was 11. To smash that one in with my weaker foot was amazing. Comment
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he plans to return to medicine and pick up some hospital shifts to help out during the coronavirus pandemic.According to reports, Prime Minister Varadkar rejoined the medical register in March and plans to work one shift a week to help out during the pandemic.Varadkar worked as a doctor for seven years but decided to leave the field in 2013 to become a politician.During his shifts, he will carry out phone assessments which would help free up other staff members for frontline work, according to national broadcaster RTE.In Ireland, there are almost 5,000 cases of the coronavirus and 158 reported deaths.The has been on lockdown for over a week with residents only being able to carryout essential activities.The lockdown prevents residents from traveling more than 2 kilometers from their homes and gatherings with people from separate households.
In this April 5, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas. Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the second straight season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald’s All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago — a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system.Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.“It’s something for our kids to live up to,” Calipari said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to play the games and figure it out.”Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1. The Wildcats also were No. 1 in 1995-96, when they won the national championship, and in 1980-81.Kentucky joins UCLA (1966-60, 1971-74), UNLV (1990-91) and North Carolina (2008-09) to be named No. 1 consecutive seasons since the AP preseason poll started in 1961-62.Arizona is ranked No. 2 and received five first-place votes after adding a strong recruiting class to a team that came within seconds of reaching the Final Four last season.Wisconsin, which returns most of last season’s Final Four team, has its highest preseason ranking ever at No. 3. The Badgers received eight first-place votes, but are 35 points behind Arizona in the poll.No. 4 Duke added a strong recruiting class headed by Jahlil Okafor and is ranked for the 137th straight week. Reloaded Kansas is No. 5, with North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas rounding out the top 10. Virginia is in the preseason top 10 for the first time since Ralph Sampson’s senior season in 1982-83, when it was No. 1.“I think there are probably seven teams that all could be No. 1 in the country,” Calipari said.Wichita State, a Final Four team two seasons ago, is No. 11, followed by Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Virginia Commonwealth, San Diego State, defending national champion Connecticut, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.Rounding out the Top 25 are Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Michigan, Harvard and Utah.They’ll all be chasing Kentucky, at least at the start.In this April 7, 2014, file photo, Kentucky forward Alex Poythress, right, defends against Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The Wildcats were No. 1 heading into last season after Coach Cal pulled the strings on another best-in-the-nation recruiting class. They lived up to expectations, too, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost 60-54 to UConn.But a funny thing happened during the offseason: Instead of all those freshman packing up for the NBA after one season, most decided to stick around.Kentucky lost forward Julius Randle and guard James Young to the NBA. In a bit of a surprise, twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison decided to return after their freshman seasons and junior 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein decided to stick around, too.With forwards Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee, along with 7-footer Dakari Johnson also coming back, the Wildcats were going to be in good shape regardless of what the recruiting class looked like.But, of course, this is Kentucky and more star recruits made their way to Lexington: forwards Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.The Wildcats are 12 deep, talented and confident.“We are far ahead of last year,” Andrew Harrison said.But they’re far from the only team with a shot at the title.Arizona was a last-second shot away from reaching the Final Four last season, an impressive run considering versatile forward Brandon Ashley sat out the final 16 games with a foot injury. He’s healthy and leads a solid core of returning players that includes point guard T.J. McConnell and 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski.Coach Sean Miller also brought in another stellar class, headed by athletic forward Stanley Johnson.“We have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things,” Miller said.So do the third-ranked Badgers. Actually, they already have. Wisconsin made a somewhat-unexpected run to the Final Four last season and will have one of the most experienced teams in the country.Leading them will be no-nonsense coach Bo Ryan and Frank Kaminsky, the 6-foot-10 senior who skipped a shot at the NBA for another chance at an NCAA title.“I don’t see our guys talking any differently or acting any differently on the practice floor simply because other people are mentioning that we might be pretty good,” Ryan said.The same thing is being said about the Kentucky Wildcats — just like last season.___AP Sports Writers Genaro Armas and Gary Graves contributed to this story.