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Minority Rights In Indian Democracy: A Multicultural Perspective

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Rinashree Khound



Multiculturalism, Minority rights, Constitution of India, Indian democracy, Self Government rights, Cultural rights, Representation.



The term ‘Multiculturalism’ has not been used only to describe culturally diverse society, but also to refer to a kind of policy that aims at protecting cultural diversity. The experience of the past five decades has underlined the need to accommodate cultural diversity in the public arena. Multiculturalism’s entry into the theoretical realm has helped many societies to solve the problems and conflicts on the basis of religion, language and ethnicity. Countries have made effort to protect the rights of the minorities in multicultural perspectives. India is an outstanding case for the study of multiculturalism. It is home to policies of legal pluralism in religious family law, territorial autonomy for several linguistic and tribal groups, as well as quotas in legislatures, government jobs and educational institutions for caste and tribal minorities. As a multicultural document Indian Constitution provides several provisions to protect the rights of minorities. Indian democracy is not consociational has adapted consociational devices for dealing with diverse conflicts within society. Therefore, an effort has been made here to study an overview of interface between Constitutional provisions and rights actually exercise by minorities in India and how multiculturalism impact on Indian democracy with reference to minority rights.



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