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India: Hindu radicals plan to prevent growth of Christian population in the country


Hindu Radicals

Hindu radicals strongly against growth of Christian population in India.

In keeping details, a Hindu nationalist party “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” (RSS, “National Volunteer Corps”), has clearly expressed clear accusations that non-Hindu religious minorities are infiltrating the country.

The “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” (RSS, “National Volunteer Corps”), has aired strong detestation of the supposed growth of Christian and Muslim populations in India. They believe that it is necessary for them to determine a “demographic imbalance” so that Christians or Muslims can not gain a foothold on the basis of large populations and Hindu majority is being maintained in India.

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“Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” (RSS) is a government supported network which has spread its roots deep into the country. Adherents to this fundamentalist group, preach, support and spread the exclusive ideology of Hindutva. These nationalists have been involved in violence against the religious minorities on various occasions.

The members of RSS, have mobilized themselves alleging that the non-Hindu minorities of “infiltration in Indian territory” and of “political conversion.” RSS states, “The proportion of the population of Hindu religion which was 88%, fell to 83.8%, while the Muslim population, which was 9.8% increased up to 14.23% in the period 1951-2011”.

RSS further stated that the “demographic imbalance, caused by the increase of religious minorities in particular in border areas, may threaten the unity, integrity and identity of the Country. In the state of Arunachal Pradesh, for example, the Christian population increased by nearly 13 percentage points in a single decade.

The unnatural growth of the Christian population in many districts of the country indicates the presence of an organized and targeted religious conversion”, says RSS.

In the face of these tactics by RSS, the government of India has been urged by the Christians of India to “reformulate” the national policy of population of the country, while preparing a national register of citizens”, who have been divided on the basis of religion. Moreover, Christians in India are fearful that talk of such kind could provoke religious hatred and increase violence against the religious minorities in the country.