The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) was established by the Union Government under the National Commission for Minorities Act of 1992. The Union Government initially designated five religious groupings as minority communities: Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians (Paris). In 1998, the list was expanded to include Hindus (New Delhi).
The NCM has been criticized for not including Jains in its list of minorities. Although considered a minority community in some states such as Haryana and Punjab, they do not enjoy the same rights as other recognized communities.
In addition to setting up a commission, the government also publishes annual reports on violations against minorities around the country. These reports are used by activists and journalists to identify issues that need to be addressed through legislation or public awareness campaigns.
How did NCM come into existence? Prior to 1992, there were no official figures on religious discrimination in India. In an attempt to address this issue, therefore, the Government of India set up the National Commission for Minority Rights in 1992. The Commission was given three years to submit a report on the situation of minorities in India. It submitted its first report in 1995 which included recommendations for improving conditions for minorities.
Who are the members of the NCM? The NCM is chaired by the Prime Minister of India and includes seven members who are appointed by the President.
The NCIP is charged with safeguarding and promoting the interests and well-being of indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) "while taking into account their beliefs, practices, traditions, and institutions."... The goal is to achieve self-sufficiency through economic development and create a sustainable environment by using indigenous cultures as resources.
There are three levels of protection that ICCs/IPs can be granted: National Indigenous Culture (NIC), Regional Indigenous Culture (RIC), and Local Indigenous Culture (LIC). An indigenous culture is any traditional knowledge system used by an indigenous community to organize behavior within the context of such community's values, including its religion. At present, there are 34 NICs, 11 RICs, and 472 LICs in Canada.
National Indigenous Cultures are protected under the Canadian Heritage Act and include items such as songs, dances, rituals, food ways, language, and crafts. They also include the special roles that indigenous people play in upholding social order and caring for the environment. For example, indigenous people were responsible for enforcing laws on behalf of the government during colonial times; today they serve on police forces across the country.
Is the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC) becoming a pseudo-denomination? Perhaps something close to the Presbyterian method of doing things? They join in worship over children (which is wonderful), yet condemn children in Sunday school (which is evil). We need more families integrated around the world!
The NCFIC was founded in 1969 by Carl and Elva Young. They believed that family integration should be the primary purpose of any church, but that this could not happen until there were alternative organizations available for people who wanted this kind of faith community. So they created the NCFIC with this purpose in mind. Although never large, the NCFIC has maintained a strong position within the family ministry movement.
Today, most churches that call themselves "family friendly" have some form of integrated leadership between adults and children. Some have separate classes for students of different ages while others have one large class with age-specific activities. Still others have joint adult-child groups where parents and children work on the same project or attend service together.
Family integration is important because it ensures that children feel safe and welcome at church. This helps them to know and follow Jesus even when they are young, which is why most Christians want their kids involved in some aspect of church life from youth group programs to nursery care.