It may sound impossible but it is true that the Minorities Commission did hold a meeting to discuss the demand for Hindus to be given minority status in seven states and one Union Territory. These states are Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. As per the 2011 Census, Hindus comprise only 2.5% in Lakshadweep where Muslims make up 96.58% of the population. In north eastern states, Hindus are 2.7% in Mizoram, 8.75% in Nagaland, 11.53% in Meghalaya of the total population. In other states like J&K, Hindus are 28.44% while the figure is at 38.40 in Sikh dominated Punjab. Those demanding minority status claim Hindus are unable to take advantage of government schemes for minorities. On an average, the central government gives technical education scholarships to nearly 20,000 minorities annually but Hindus are denied this benefit in these eight states. As per the government, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis and Buddhists are given minority status under the National Commission for Minority Act 1992. Now the demand has grown two-fold. Not just that of demanding minority status for Hindus but also to remove those religious minorities who comprise more than 10% of the population in any state.  

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