Jharkhand Assembly passes resolution to create separate Sarna column in the Census

The Jharkhand Government has passed a resolution to create provision of a separate Sarna Code in the Census for tribals in the State. The resolution has been passed in a special assembly session which it will then send to the Centre.
Jharkhand Assembly Passes 
According to instructions issued in 2001, the Census recognized six religions – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The religions were given numeric codes between one and six, and if anyone followed another religion, they were asked to write its name down.
While speaking to media, Adivasi activist Deepak Ranjeet said: “In the last two Census exercises we have demanded a Sarna code. We want our code and our columns to reflect our heritage, our practices, and our religion. We have now been given a separate column which is a victory for us and a ray of hope, that the Centre will now be compelled to do the same.”
Another tribal activist Prafulla Linda said: “We are worshippers of nature. Over the past few years, we have struggled to assert that, and everyone has tried to rope us into their fold. Adivasis have been on the ground protesting for this, and there is no question of any opposition to it. This is a crucial step for us. The maximum numbers of attempts to convert Adivasis are made from the Hindu and Christian fold; it will enable us to hold both back.”
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