The question now, of course, is when the government offices in Bombay will get around to editing their decades-old forms and printing them, or at the very least accept a blank in the box provided in the old forms for ‘religious affiliation’. Not any time soon, I suspect. Bureaucracy, especially the Indian bureaucracy, is a behemoth of restful inertia.
Still, theory is on the non-religious citizen’s side. That’s something to celebrate. At least till some zealous righteous person or group appeals against this ‘discrimination’, but hey, even atheists can hope.