The logo of National Commission for Minorities and the panel itself need some serious redesigning.
With recent inclusion of Jains among minorities, the logo, designed in early 2000s and which incorporated religious symbols of the five communities then bracketed in the group — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis, would have to be reworked, besides induction of a Jain member in the commission.
The matter of reworking the commission’s emblem has been discussed at a meeting recently and it was decided to consult artists for possible designs. “The process has just been initiated so it is difficult to set a deadline,” NCM chairman Naseem Ahmed told The Indian Express.
The NCM’s constitution too would need a revision to accommodate a Jain member. Currently, there is one member from each of the minority communities and a Hindu member apart from the chairman who happens to be a Muslim.
The present NCM logo is a five-petal flower, with each petal showcasing the symbol of one religious minority. There is the Christian cross, the half moon and star for Islam, the khanda for Sikhism, the farahvar for Zoroastrianism and the dharmachakra for Buddhism.
Jainism is symbolised by a logo universally agreed in 1974 with the mantra “live and let live” at its base and a depiction of the Jain world view.
For the commission, it would be a challenge to revise the logo without tampering with the basic identifiable structure. The easiest option, according to commission sources, would be to move one of the symbols to the centre of the flower and make room for the latest entrant.
However, a source said, “There is an easy option for accommodating a sixth symbol. Move one of the existing symbols – maybe that of Islam to the middle of the flower. But there is a chance that it could be interpreted as an undue emphasis on that community and may not send a good message.”
The NCM has recently received representations from Muslims that there should be provision for religious groups to be represented in the commission in proportion to their population.
The hitch in the proposition, pointed out commission officials, was that in a six member commission – which could become seven in future – representation in that proportion would possibly leave no room for a Parsi member given their miniscule presence in the country.