It seems India’s ruling party just can’t get away from their members suffering from ‘foot-in-mouth’ syndrome. Latest addition to this ever growing list of ‘shocking comments made by a BJP leaders’, is that of minister of state (MOS) for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
Jyoti, who has already been at the butt of controversies for asking Delhi voters to choose between “Ramzadon” and “haramzadon” during last year’s election, now want’s Hindu parents to “protect their daughters from bad influence.”
The ‘bad influences’ is Sadhvi Jyoti’s label for anyone who doesn’t belong to the Hindu community.
Joyti, who was addressing the Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi celebrations in Alappuzha at the time when she made the comment, said:
“Hindu women should not marry men from other communities as this will weaken the Hindu nari shakti (power of Hindu women).”
The comment was made with regard to the recently released Census 2011 report according to which the Hindu population declined while the Muslim population increased.
While Sadhvi Joyti is no stranger to controversy and has given outrageous comments in the past, maybe it will do her well to also remember that Indian population, regardless of how many are Hindus or Muslim or Christian, is 1.2 billion. Therefore, even a slight drop of less than 1 percent will only work towards betterment of the country.