Expressing concern over the rise in Muslim population as reflected in the latest census data on religious communities, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has sought a review of the population policy to counter “severe demographic changes” in India.
The RSS meet said the populations of religious communities with a “Bharatiya origin (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh)” had declined to 83.8 per cent from 88 per cent in 1951 whereas the spurt in Muslim growth rate, particularly in some areas of the north-east, point to “unnatural growth”.
“The population of Muslims is on a rise. In 1951, the population of Muslims was 9.8 per cent, in 2011 it is 14.3 per cent. So, the population of people of Indian-origin religions has reduced by 5 per cent but the population of Muslims has risen by 5 per cent,” a senior RSS leader Krishna Gopal said.
The recent census showed that the Muslim community had registered a 0.8 per cent growth between 2001 and 2011, while Hindu population declined by 0.7 per cent at 96.63 crore during the same period. Muslim population stood at 17.22 crore, up from 13.8 crore.
The RSS then added that the “religious imbalance of the population ratio, especially in border areas” may threaten “the unity, integrity and identity of the country” and thus asked the Indian government to “reformulate” their national population policy.
This was not the first time that the RSS has brought this to the forefront, last week RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had also raised this issue at their annual Vijayadashami speech.
“Facts and figures of last two census reports and imbalances that have come to notice as a result are being widely discussed. Our present and future is getting impacted by the same… We need to rise above vote bank politics to formulate a holistic approach, equally applicable to all citizens, towards the population policy.”