Do you know what Jain community is?
- Do you know what Jain community is?
While expressing views on minority status of Jain Community, many
members of this discussion group clearly oppose the status. It
clearly indicates that these people do not know about Jain community
at all and their knowledge about Jain community is limited to their
Jain sect and caste.
The followers of Jainism are not just merchants and industrialists.
The largest number of Jains are farmers spread all over India and
specially in south India (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu) and in
East India ( Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa). These farmers
are not big and rich farmers, but most of them hold just 2 to 4 acres
of land. Many are just labors in farms.
Another group is of of `Karigars' i.e. Darjis (Tailors) Kasars
(Bangle makers), Kumhars etc. They are also spread all over India.
There are many Adivasi Jains, especially in Panchmahal and Junagarh
districts of Gujarat, in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
Another group is of converted dalits in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and
Gujarat. They became Jains to avoid inhumanatarian behavior of
There are some `Jain Bramhins' also, especially in Karnataka.
All the Jains mentioned above are economically and socially
backwards. Many Jains castes are in the list of O.B.C. (Others
Backward Castes) and N.T. (Nomadic Tribes).
There are about 1.5 lakh Jains in Mumbai who live in slums.
The problem with the elite Jains is that they do not know anything
about other Jains. Some migrant merchant Jains know, but they do not
do anything for the upliftment of them, nor the aboriginal Jains want
help from them. Now the aboriginals have known their fundamental
rights and they are fighting to get it. It should be known that
government because of the demands made by aboriginals gave the
minority status in various states, and the migrant trading community
always opposed it. The migrants like to work for animals but not for
these backward Jains.
If you cannot do anything for upliftment of backward Jains, why
should you oppose if the Government helps them? If you do not want
minority status for yourself, you are free to reject it. You have no
right to oppose it for entire Jain community.
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