The myth of Hindu ‘minority’: Debunking right-wing propoganda

पीएम मोदी से मुलाक़ात कर मुस्लिम धर्म-गुरूओं ने कौन सा वादा तोड़ा?

Rozina Sheikh, whose mother works as a tailor, scores 97 percentile rank in Class 12; aspires to become a doctor

Protest against Molestation: 80 Girls quit School and sit on Hunger Strike in Haryana

Police implicating in fake cases, self-defense training is not against any religion: DJS

Govt bans Facebook, Whatsapp among 22 social networking sites in Kashmir

Sabarmati Express blast: Supreme Court grants bail to former AMU scholar

BJP Govt. has no policy to handle Naxalism: Owaisi

Muslims must work with other marginalised communitie to counter RSS propoganda

UP government cancels 15 holidays, including Alvida Juma and Id-Milad-un-Nabi

Narendra Modi does not want peace with Pakistan: Musharraf

26 CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh naxal attack

Babri Hunts Advani’s dream to become President of India

Whatsapp group admins may land in jail for offensive posts

Jamia VC urges students to join armed forces

जिनकी क़लम गांधी को चम्पारण खींच लाई…

Amarnath Yatra a case of ‘militarised pilgrimage’, says Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society in report

मोदी के ‘गांधी’ की हुई जीत, नीतीश के ‘गांधी’ को लौटना पड़ा वापस!

विश्व स्वास्थ्य दिवस गुज़र गया, लेकिन इन आदिवासी महिला किसानों की किसी से न भी सुनी…

The dangers of communalising the issue of Kashmir

If you want to ban triple talaq then also reinstate 'sati pratha': Azam Khan

South Kashmir resident hit by bullet on poll-day in Ganderbal succumbs

Amid Kashmir calm, protests reach Banihal

Indian Media maligns Muslims with false verdicts

“To maintain secularism and tolerance, it is necessary to work on Sir Syed’s thoughts”

Those giving Talaq against ‘Sharia’ law will face social boycott: AIMPLB

Triple Talaq row: AIMPLB questions PM Modi’s repeated ‘interference’

BJP says Quota is Un-Islamic

Don’t want conflict in Muslim society over triple talaq: Modi

एक दलित नेता ने नसीमुद्दीन को बताया ‘दलाल’, लगाया शहर में पोस्टर

Imran Ansari visits flood-hit areas of Pattan

Kashmir: Youth shot dead in Batamaloo

Tying a boy with Army jeep ‘an open terrorism’: Hurriyat (M)

Delhi HC rejects plea challenging validity of JK’s special status

If Jadhav hanged, India must recognise Balochistan an independent country: Swamy

Bajrang Dal spreads venom against muslims in Hanuman Jayanti rally, case registered

Amid 3 civilian killings, by-polls in Srinagar Parl constituency witnesses 3.12 percent voting

Jamaat-e-Islami to start awareness campaign on Triple Talaq

Flood threat persists in Srinagar, ends in South: Govt

Kashmir Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reiterates poll boycott

Families of Muslim undertrials killed losing hope in Judiciary

Curfew imposed in Bhadrak town after violence

US warships fire cruise missiles on Syrian airbase

Kashmiri photographer wins Wisden-MCC cricket photograph of the year award

Muslim youth beaten during Ram Navami Yatra, police registered a case

Fir against Bengal BJP chief for being armed in Ram Navmi rally

Two die, seven injured due to weather vagaries

Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee pitches for election boycott

Kashmir: Govt declares flood

Launch of ‘Unite India’ App to promote Indian Nationalism

Pakistan welcomes US offer of mediation; India rejects

NC-Cong responsible for Afzal Guru’s hanging: Qazi Yasir

बिहार के बिक्रमगंज में साम्प्रदायिक तनाव, फिलहाल स्थिति नियंत्रण में

मीडिया की ये ख़बर भी निकली झूठी, खुद दरगाह के दीवान ने किया खंडन

Law and order disrupted in Bhainsa during Ram Navami procession

Imam of Tipu Masjid demands Ban on “Rss” After “Armed” Rallies on Ram Navami

“Pale shadow of Harmony will remain” – Saeed Naqvi in AMU

तो क्या अब योगी खोलेंगे देवबंद में आधुनिक स्लाटर हाउस या ख़बर है फ़र्ज़ी?

Triple talaq against Sharia, Muslims should refrain from eating cow meat: Dewan Ajmer Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan

Five men brutally beaten up by Gau Rakshaks in Alwar, 1 dead

Kerala Sunni Students Federation to adopt villages damaged by police in Malappuram

Choose between ‘terrorism’ and tourism: Modi

Islamic Calligraphy exhibition in Jeddah

Construction of Mosque in Ayodhya is a matter of ego for muslims: Vinay Katiyar

Meat Ban hits Muslims mass marriage in UP

Bloodbath in Kashmir: 3 civilians and one militant killed in forces’ firing in Chadoora

A mosque can be demolished, but not temple: Swamy

Missing JUN Student: Delhi court to hear students plea today

In Yogi's regime, Lucknow goes vegetarian

No out-of-court settlement with modi, Yogi at helm: BMAC

Kashmir-based environmental film wins ‘Palmdale Vision Award’ in USA

क्या मरहूम हाशिम अंसारी के बेटे इक़बाल इस जंग की रिवायत को बरक़रार रख पाएंगे?

Akbaruddin Owaisi attack case: “I did not register the murder report”-Inspector of Police

Four months after Faisal’s murder, Kodinhi residents continue fight for justice, support his family

देवबंद में भाजपा की जीत, क्या है सचाई?

राहुल-अखिलेश, मोदी मुसलमानों को साध रहे थे, तब कैसी थी मायावती की रैली

क्या मुसलमान सैय्यद शहाबुद्दीन के सपनों को आगे बढ़ा सकते हैं?

Ex-diplomat & former MP Syed Shahabuddin dead at 82

Iran sees progress in Hajj talks with Saudi

Kashmir: 2 militants, policeman killed in Tral gunfight

MIM MLA booked for assaulting woman TRS Activist

50,000 RIOTS OCCURRED DURING CONGRESS RULE: AKBARUDDIN OWAISI

Communal tension in Lakhimpur over objectionable video

No room for intolerant Indian, says Mukherjee

AMU alumni pledge hostel construction, sign MoU

The myth of Hindu ‘minority’: Debunking right-wing propoganda

अगले चरणों में मायावती मुख्तार अंसारी के दम पर लड़ेंगीं

Kashmir Situation might worsen if course correction not taken up by New Delhi’: P. Chidambaram

Indian Doctor Rescued From Isis Recounts Horror, Reveals Terror Group’s ‘Plan’ For India

Indian-American Muslims demand justice for Gujarat victims on 15th anniversary of massacre

कई गांवों की तरह बदहाल वरुण गांधी का आदर्श ग्राम

MSF demands CBI probe for missing JNU student Najeeb

वोटर बोले : “अमां मोदी के बारे में बोलो तो सब मारे लगत हैन, के वोट करे”

Zakir Naik’s Aide Remanded In Jc Till March 8

Pregnant Woman Kicked In Stomach, Loses Baby; Bjp Leader Held

Djs Condemns Khaled Saifullah’s Arrest, Terms It A Conspiracy

What If The Arrested Isi Spies Of Bjp Were Muslim?

Ahead of polls, residents of Mayawati’s adopted village say they feel cheated

संजीव बालियान का आदर्श ग्राम – न एक मुसलमान, और न एक भी पूरा वादा

PAK CANCELS LICENSES OF WEAPONS ISSUED TO SAEED AND HIS AIDES

J&K: GOVT. TO IMPOSE RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF GUESTS AT WEDDING AND RELATED FUNCTIONS

2017-03-03 04:55:31

The myth of Hindu ‘minority’: Debunking right-wing propoganda

By Ram Puniyani 

The biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth have been used by communal forces to divide the society. This became apparent once again when Minister of state of Home, Kiren Rijuju tweeted that that Hindu population is decreasing in the country as Hindus don’t convert and that minorities in India are flourishing unlike in the neighbouring countries.

Threat of decline in Hindu population and increase in population of minorities is being propagated time and over again. As per the data of 2011 census figures, Hindu population now stands at 79.8 % and Muslim population at 14.23%. “The data on Population by Religious Communities of Census 2011 show that between 2001 and 2011, Hindu population grew by 16.76 per cent, while that of Muslims by 24.6 per cent. The population of both communities grew faster during the previous decade, at 19.92 per cent and 29.52 per cent, respectively. As a long-term trend, say demographers, the communities’ growth rates are converging.” This means that the decadal rates of growth of both communities is declining and converging closer to each other.

This is pointer to the fact that while charting out the future projections it is important to keep in mind that the rate of growth of Muslim population will be falling and will stabilise closer to that of rate of rise Hindu population. In the total population Muslims will remain a religious minority for the times to come. Interestingly the population increase of Hindus during the period of 2001 to 2011 has been 133 millions, which is close to the total population of Muslims in 2001.The scare being spread through word of mouth campaign and through social media about Muslim population taking over the Hindu population holds no water, as there are clear trends of decline in the decadal rate of growth of Muslim population as well.

The demographers point out that the higher rates of fertility are due to lack of education and poor health facilities. Muslims in Kerala have a lower fertility rate than many Hindu communities in North India and even in Kerala. The economic profile of Kerala Muslims is much different than the Muslims in Assam, West Bengal, UP and Maharashtra for example. If we broaden this point we will see that the rise in population among Dalits (Schedule castes) and Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) is much higher as such . As per the 2011 census STs are 8.6% while they were 6.23 % according to 1951 census. SCs now are 16.6%, while as per 1951 they were around 15%.

As such the whole truth will show us that the propaganda of communal forces has nothing to do with reality of society and deeper causes of the same. It is in this background that the likes of Praveen Toagadia said that two child norm should be imposed, while the likes of Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi have been extolling the Hindus to produce more children.

BJP President has called for the ‘Look North East’ to raise the scare about the Christian population in the North East. This primarily Tribal area saw the increase in percentage of Christians in the decades of 1931-1951. The rise in percentage of Christian population has a lot to do with the spread of Civil Administration with Independence and also with the spread of education in the region. Country wide we can see that the percentage of Christians is static from last few decades. If at all it has declined and stabilised. If we see from 1971, we see that Christian population was 2.60% (1971), 2.44 (1981), 2.34 (1991), 2.30 (2001) and 2.30 (2011). In the meanwhile the propaganda of Missionary activities and increase in the number of Christians has dominated the scene. The anti Christian violence came to the public attention with the ghastly murder of Graham Stewarts Stains (1999). Dara Singh of Bajrang Dal, which is affiliated to RSS, incited the local people that the Pastor is doing conversions which is against Hindus. Wadhwa Commission, which investigated Pastor Stains murder, concluded that he was not involved in the work of conversion and that in Keonjhar, Manoharpur Orrisa where the Pastor was working, there was no increase in the percentage of Christian population. Similarly Kandhmal anti-Christian violence was unleashed on the pretext of murder of Swami Laxmananand. Gujarat also saw anti Christian activities again due to propaganda that the Missionaries are converting. At the same time we see that the national population of Christians remains static. Some people do allege that conversions to Christianity are there but the converts are hiding their religion, this is again a matter of conjuncture and nothing definite can be said. Any way it cannot be a large number in any case.

As such conversions have been a part of the agenda of Hindu nationalism times and over again. During freedom movement two parallel processes of conversions were going on. One was Tanzeem, which was to convert the people to Islam, the other was Shuddhi which was aimed at those who were supposed to have left their ‘religion-home’ and were converted to alien religions. The premise was that conversion to other religions has made them impure so they need to be brought back through a process of purification. Last several decades RSS-VHP-Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram have been active in what is called Ghar Wapasi (return Home) to bring back the Dalits and Adivasis who it is alleged have been converted through force (to Islam) and allurement or fraud (to Christianity). This Ghar Wapasi campaign has been undertaken through many newly devised rituals like bath in hot spring or rituals around fire. This has been rampant in Adivasi areas and in slums-villages.

Adivasis are animists, while RSS claims they are Hindus. To Hinduize them Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, now runs a growing network of schools and hostels in large numbers in North East. Such assertions and accompanying activities have more to with politics rather than social welfare as such. The attempt of RSS combine is to link religion with Nationalism.

 

Twocircles.net

Categories:   Other News ، From India ،
Tags:  
From other agencies (RSS Reader)

Press Communiqu

- business-standard

Meghmani Organics appoints CFO

- business-standard