Lingayats united in demand for separate religion status

Why in news ?

Veerashaiva/Lingayata Dharma demanded that it is an independent religion and is different from Hinduism and want independent religion status for the same.

Why they Claim a separate religion?

  • There are two main religious streams in Hinduism — Shaivas and Vaishnavas.
  • Veerashaiva is one among the seven sects of Shaivas.
  • Both Shaivas and Vaishnavas uphold Vedas, Agamas, Shastras and Puranas and follow the Vedic religious practices.
  • Historically, it is an independent religion founded by Basaveshwara in the 12th century.
  • However, Lingayat religion founded by Basaveshwara vehemently opposed them.
  • Lingayats are spread across Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other States.
  • Community leaders, in the memorandum, asked the government not to issue caste certificate as Veerashaiva Lingayat to Lingayat community members and recommend that the Union government recognise Lingayat as an independent religion.

Source : The Hindu

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Training programme for Elected Women representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats

A comprehensive module for capacity building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats and a training program for Trainers of women panchayat leaders across the country was launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Starting with Jharkhand, similar training programs will be organised in different states throughout the country

Current issue with EWS

  • 33% reservation for women in the panchayat bodies, the EWRs continue to remain ineffective.
  • They do not have appropriate knowledge and skill to administer the village.
  • The show continues to be run by their husbands.
  • The schemes implemented wre not reaching the grassroot level due to the inadequate skill among the EWS.
  • Safety of women, education of the girl child, health of women, creation of assets under MGNREGA, immunization and ensuring nutrition through lakhs of Anganwadis of the country have become important issues at the grassroots level
  • The women representatives can play a pivotal role in effective delivery.
  • There are currently around 13 lakhs EWRs in panchayats across the nation.

Objectives of Training

  • The training program seeks to empower EWRs of panchayats by enhancing their capacity, capability and skill in governance and administration of villages.
  • To ensure that they take up the responsibility of all the tasks entrusted upon them on being elected.
  • Training representatives at the grassroots level in various areas like engineering (building of roads, drains, latrines etc.), finance, social development, education, health, and environment among others.

Training Process

  • The module has been prepared by the National Commission for Women of the WCD Ministry in collaboration with TISS.
  • The module contains training guidelines, timeline, implementation guidelines, training schedules and monitoring and evaluation.
  • The training will be participatory with group discussions, brainstorming lectures, demonstrations, field visits, case studies, games, exercise, role play, small workshops and individual assignments.
  • The module discusses various topics like ‘What is an ideal Panchayat’, composition of the Gram Panchayat, development schemes and programmes, resources of panchayats and their utilization, laws for protection of the vulnerable sections among others.

Source : Pib

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AIMPLB against misuse of triple talaq

Muslim men who misuse triple talaq and use it arbitrarily without valid reason will be subjected to social boycott, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board  concludedafter an executive meeting.

Outcome of the meeting

  • Triple talaq without valid Shariat reasons will be boycotted by the society… so that such cases do not arise in future
  • The governing body for Muslim personal law in the country concluded after a two-day executive meeting at the Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulam, a key Islamic seminary in Lucknow.
  • AIMPLB asserted its full constitutional right to implement Muslim personal law in the country.
  • Islamic Sharia gives equal status to men and women and the truth is that talaq was kept to protect women from danger,
  • Released an eight-point code of conduct for divorce, the Board encouraged Muslim couples to try and resolve differences on their own.
  • If that fails, adopt the reconciliation and arbitration method though involvement of family elders, before settling for a divorce.
  • After the waiting period (iddat), reconciliation happens, the two can, through mutual consent, restore the relationship with a fresh marriage.

More for the security of women

  • To make more use of social media to spread its word and counter all myths related to Sharia and Islam.
  • Muslim women’s wing and helpline would also be promoted.
  • Muslim organisations to help divorced and destitute women, and widows to get their rights under the Sharia.

Source : The Hindu

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