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A new religion has the possibility of being added to India’s official roster of existing and practicing religions. The state government of Karnataka has granted a separate religion tag to the Lingayats, who make up to 17 percent of the population of the southern state.

Following the recommendations of a committee constituted especially to look into the matter, the government of Karnataka now awaits the approval of the Central government. But is this move a moment where nearly 40 million voices are finally being given their due, or is this a strategic move ahead of the elections in Karnataka in a couple of months?

The Diplomat - A New Religion in India? Karnataka's Lingayats Seek Recognition