Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainsim not same as Hinduism: Const review panel
Press Trust of India
New Delhi, April 3: In a recognition of their separate identity, the
Constitution Review Commission has recommended that Sikhism, Buddhism and
Jainism should be treated as religions distinct from Hinduism saying a
constitutional provision grouping them together should be omitted.
The existing explanation II of Article 25 of the Constitution (Freedom of
Conscience and Free Profession, Practice and Propagation of Religion) says
reference to Hindus shall be construed as including a reference to persons
professing Sikh, Jaina or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu
religious institutions shall be construed accordingly.
"Explanation II to Article 25 should be omitted," according to Justice M N
Venkatachalian Commission, which submitted its report to the government on
The Commission has also suggested rewording of the Sub-clause A which said
nothing in Article 25 shall affect the operation of any existing law or
prevent the state from making any law ..."Providing for social welfare and
reform or the throwing open of Hindu religious institutions of a public
character to all classes and sections of Hindus".
The Commission suggested Sub-clause (B) of Clause (2)of Article 25 should be
reworded to read ..."Providing for social welfare and reform or the throwing
open of Hindu, Sikh, Jaina or Buddhist religious institutions of a public
character to all classes and sections of these religions".