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India has witnessed countless horrors in recent years related to the injustice which occurs with minorities in the country. Even if the Constitution of India provides distinct rights to the minorities, the crimes against them keep on growing. The constitutional rights protect the interest of distinct cultural, religious, and ethnic minorities. To recognize and encourage the rights of the minority communities, the National Minorities Rights Day is observed every year on 18 December.

National Minorities Rights Day is a day to aware people of the value of religious and communal freedom of the minorities. This day was first observed on 18 December 2013. And eventually, it came with more and more opportunities to aware minorities of their rights and certain provisions, assured to them under the Indian constitution. Sec 2(C) of the National Commission for Minorities Act 1992 had given minority status to 5 communities Muslim, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis in India. And the Notification Detail of 2014 has likewise added the Jain community as a minority.

Different states in India even have diverse minorities, with State Minorities Commissions in their respective states. The roles of these commissions are to safeguard and facilitate the rights of minorities. These commissions likewise observe the National Minorities Rights Day to create the opportunity for the minorities to comprehend their rights, to assure the security of minorities in their particular religion, and all other cultural aspects.

Minorities have lived in India for centuries, and have contributed their time, intellect, and labour to the development of the country over the years. Yet, the minorities are regularly and repeatedly devalued, molested, and overlooked. Regardless, with all the rights and backing of the Indian constitution, the country has also witnessed revolutionary objections against all the inequity. And a day like National Minorities Rights Day is a great reminder to honour the laws and ordinances that protect and promote dignity for all the minorities in the country.

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