Minorities Rights Day: Date, Theme, Significance, Quotes

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Minorities Rights Day

In today’s day and age, safeguarding minority rights is paramount for encouraging inclusive societies in the entire world. Moreover, acknowledging the diversity of ethnic, religious, and linguistic communities is of utmost importance. All nations need to strive to protect minority rights to ensure equal opportunities, representation, and cultural preservation. Furthermore, powerful legal frameworks, anti-discrimination laws, and positive action policies play important roles in upholding rights. A society should promote social cohesion, harmony, and mutual respect by safeguarding minority rights. The foundation of democratic values and human rights principles is upholding minority rights. This is why we celebrate minorities rights day. Read to learn more about it!  

When is Minorities Rights Day Observed?

National Minority Rights Day is observed in India on 18 December every year. This day is dedicated to highlighting the rights and issues of religious and linguistic minorities in India. The observance aims to raise awareness about the significance of protecting the rights of minorities and encouraging a sense of inclusivity and harmony in our diverse Indian society.

Moreover, on Minority Rights Day various events, seminars, and discussions take place across the country to address concerns related to minority rights further promote understanding, and thus work towards ensuring equality and justice for all communities.

Also Read: Cultural and Educational Rights (Article 29 & 30)

What is the Theme for Minority Rights Day 2023?

The theme for Minority Rights Day 2023 is ‘Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion’. The theme seeks to celebrate and promote the inclusivity and diversity of the minorities of India on this day i.e. 18 December 2023. This theme suggests that to eradicate discrimination group action is needed to promote diversity and inclusion in society.

The UN celebrated Minorities Rights Day on 18 December 1992 and since then, it has passed the resolution to celebrate this day on an annual basis to highlight the problems faced by people concerning religious and linguistic minorities.

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Also Read: What are Human Rights and Why are they important?

Why do we celebrate Minority Rights Day?

Furthermore, we celebrate Minority Rights Day for the following reasons:

  • Raise Awareness
  • Promote Inclusivity
  • Advocate for Equality
  • Reflect on Progress
  • Legal Emphasis
  • Cultural Preservation
  • International Solidarity
Source: UN Human Rights 

Also Read: Right to Equality (Article 14-18)

Quotes on Minorities Rights Day

Take a look at some quotes and slogans on Minorities Rights Day:

“Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.” 
– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their colour.” 
– Maya Angelou
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”
– Nelson Mandela
“In a society of freedom, those who are free to choose will choose diversity.” 
– Salman Rushdie
“The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.”
-Lord Acton

Also Read: Importance of Education in India

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Who created minority rights in India?

The Ministry of Home Affairs created the minority rights in India. In 1978, they established the National Minorities Commission of India. 

Why are minority rights important?

Minority rights are important because they safeguard the rights of the communities that come under the minority section. Moreover, it also ensures equal opportunities, representation, and cultural preservation.

Who is called the father of the Indian Constitution?

Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar is called the father of the Indian Constitution. He is one of the Architects of our Indian Constitution. 

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