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    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
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      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
      Hindus.

      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.


      -Mahavir Sanglikar
      Social History Research Institute
      Modern Teles, Jagannath Complex
      199 Mumbai-Pune Marg
      Chinchwad East, Pune 411019

      Cell: 989 020 3549
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