India State of Minorities Report, 2016
Misaal – Aman Biradari Trust, along with a collective of national level research and advocacy groups, is putting together a report on the condition of religious minorities in India. The idea is to understand and systematically track minorities’ condition and assess state’s provisioning for them, on the four United Nations minority rights themes of Life and Security; Identity and Culture; Effective Participation and Socio-economic conditions. This is a collective effort, by all partners, who are investing their research resources into the effort, voluntarily, with the intention that the report will become an annual feature. 2016 edition will act as a baseline report, to be followed up with periodic tracking in subsequent years. The larger objective of the initiative is to create a body of evidence, on condition of minorities, for use by national, sub-national and local groups and networks, for advocacy for minority rights with different stakeholders.
Authors of individual chapters include the following organisations and individuals:
- Life and Security: Quill Foundation, Mumbai
- Socio-economic rights: Centrefor the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
- Effective Participation: Inclusive Media for Change, CSDS, Delhi
- Identity and Culture: Shirley Joseph, Jesus & Mary College, New Delhi
- Women and Girls: Centre for Social Equity & Inclusion, New Delhi
Our advocacy and communication partners include:
- Indian Social Institute, New Delhi
- Minority Rights Group International, London
- Books for Change, New Delhi (also our publishers)
All partners – author teams as well as advocacy partners – make up the India State of Minorities Report Collective, a platform that owns the report. Misaal is anchoring the design, preparation and outreach related to the 2016 report.
Work on the 2016 report was launched on 9th October 2015, where a group of individuals and organisations met at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, for a scoping discussion on the proposed India State of Minorities Report. Recently, after some progress with work, a workshop was held, on 25th April 2016, at CSDS, Delhi, for authors to present early drafts of their papers, and obtain feedback on those from subject experts. It is planned to complete the report by October 2016, and subsequently release it, with the aim to target advocacy efforts to central and state governments, and civil society networks.