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In news:

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking guidelines to “identify and define” religious minorities in every State to protect their culture and interests.

In Brief:

  • A Petition sought to recognise Hindus as minorities in the States where they are low in population.
  • Currently, the linguistic minorities are identified on a state-wise basis thus determined by the state government whereas religious minorities are determined by the Central Government.
  • A linguistic minority is a group of people whose mother tongue is different from that of the majority in the state or part of a state.

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