In case you did not know, Pakistan is conducting a nationwide census this year. The last census was conducted in 1998.
As is the case with census, it will help identify the exact number of people living in Pakistan and their religion, besides a host of other demographic information.
But Pakistan is a country that is only growing radical with each passing day and is doing everything to victimize the minority communities.
The census in Pakistan is aimed at creating a divide in the Hindu community. Pakistani media reports that the census has separated Scheduled Castes (Dalits) from Hindus.
Pakistani Hindus form half of the non-Muslim vote bank in the Islamic republic. Pakistani Hindus have been at the forefront of the protests against radicalism and oppression of minorities in the country.
To divide this population, Pakistan has now categorized Dalit as a separate religion. This means that one can be either a Dalit or a Hindu, not both.
Pakistan Hindu Council has called it a deliberate attempt to divide the Hindu population.
“We must understand that the grievances of non-Muslims and smaller provinces can only be addressed if the census results are prepared with a sense of national responsibility,” writes Ramesh K Vankwani, a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly.
The biggest problem is that Pakistan will not listen to the Hindu minority, just as it continues to officially victimize the Ahmadi community through the Ordinance XX.
What is also important is the fact that Dalits are discriminated against by the fundamentalists and the majority because of their non-Muslim status. Such is the discrimination that Dalits are served in different utensils when they go to hotels or restaurants run by Muslims.
This is why Pakistan’s decision to separately categorize Dalits as a religion is a clever ploy to both divide the Hindu population and trigger a dangerous political game in India.
The decision to exploit the fault-line of Hinduism will certainly help inimical voices in India who wish to create divisions in the country a new tool. There is a probability of intellectuals and universities fervently discussing the need to tear the Dalits away from their Hindu identity.
Foreign-funded NGOs and the Left-wing radicals, who pose as “seculars”, in Indian universities, colleges, media and other platforms might find Pakistan’s way of dividing Hindus exactly what they would like to see replicated in India.