India a Hindu Rashtra since ancient times, demands to declare it so unnecessary: UP minister

Speaking to reporters, Shahi also blamed opposition parties alleging they were trying to instigate farmers in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.

By: PTI | Ballia | Updated: June 10, 2017 9:31 pm
hindu rashtra, Surya Pratap Shahi, india hindu rashtra, madhya pradesh farmers Speaking to reporters, Shahi also blamed opposition parties alleging they were trying to instigate farmers in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.(Express file photo)

The demands to declare India a ‘Hindu Rashtra (nation)’ are “unnecessary” as India has been one since ancient times, Uttar Pradesh’s Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said today. Speaking to reporters, Shahi also blamed opposition parties alleging they were trying to instigate farmers in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.

“India has been a Hindu rashtra since the ancient times….The demands for declaring it as such are unnecessary,” Shahi said. India is already a Hindu rashtra as per its historical and cultural heritage, the minister stressed.

BJP’s Salempur MP, Ravindra Kushwaha, who was present, however maintained silence over the issue. Replying to another question, Shahi appealed to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh to desist from violence and exercise restraint.

“The agriculture growth rate has gone up from seven per cent to 18 per cent during the Shivraj Singh government and all that has been done for farmers by his government. Congress could not manage it in 55 years,” Shahi said.

He also referred to the various steps being taken by the UP government in the interest of farmers.

Blaming the Congress and other opposition parties for the problems in Madhya Pradesh, Kushwaha alleged that they had “misled and instigated farmers in a planned manner”.

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    vijjukumar
    Jun 11, 2017 at 4:36 am
    Yes it is necessary. It is necessary so that people who want to come and live in India know their boundaries and are aware of our sentiments, show respect to our ancestral culture and inheritence thereby not creating problems we are seeing today. It is necessary so that India can actively promote and deliver core Hinduism to all of India and to rest of the world. Hinduism (core) is the only religion in this world which is synchronous with UN charter for Human Rights. I dare you to name another religion (which is not an offshoot of Hinduism) that is not religocist. Racism had no place in this world and neither does religonism. The sooner we get rid of it the better. The world deserves better. If this was done at independence we would not be having half the problems in the world today And the name should be changed from India to Bharat.
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      Anuj
      Jun 11, 2017 at 4:12 am
      It won't be even a 'Rashtra' if BJP and RSS continue to rule. Thanks to Akbar the Great and British Empire that it became a Rashtra otherwise it would have been a Tiny State.
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        Amar Akbar
        Jun 11, 2017 at 5:43 am
        Anuj you really need to have your brain checked. India was an empire and under Asoka Buddhism went all the way to an. Cholla Kings took Hinduism and Aanskrit all the way to Malaysia and Indonesia. India had 28 percent of the world trade before the British came. When the British left we had two percent of the world trade. So hello my friend if you don't like Indianyou can move to some other country.
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        Sid
        Jun 11, 2017 at 3:04 am
        I think he is right. Because if you ask him what is hinduism? He will say hinduism is not a religion rather a way of life. So every citizen of country is hindu.
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          khaja
          Jun 11, 2017 at 2:20 am
          is it ? only Hindu kingdom didn't survive, has become Secular, this so called intellectuals lost their mental balance it seems.
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            Amar Akbar
            Jun 11, 2017 at 5:43 am
            How did he lose his mind. He is absolutely right. You have facts. Present.
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            Bull
            Jun 11, 2017 at 1:46 am
            Recently the cow drinker attorney general of india said india is a secular nation with no singular religion. Now you are saying this. How much hippocrates, liars, cheaters, smugglers, murderers, rapists are you dirty hindus. is this what ur Ram and shiv have taught you. were they also cheaters and liars. spit on shameless hindus who drink cow mutra. your brain is filled with dirt of dharavi. ur politicians r foo you. return back to ur roots. these politicians are falsely promoting hatred just for their own benefits. how much they are using my cows name in each and everything. let cow and bull remain in peace.
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              Camel
              Jun 11, 2017 at 4:11 am
              Don't worry about us you camel drinker. Reject the ways of your pedophile warlord false prophet and revert back to your ancestor's religion - whether it be jews, christians or hindus. You brain s by following the demonic prophet's teachings you are committing terrorism around the world. So stop commenting on others and look yourself in the mirror.
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                Indian
                Jun 11, 2017 at 4:35 am
                Hindusim means secularism. if this were a nation of the peaceful religion, then we would be in the dark ages of na_p_kstan
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                  Amar Akbar
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 5:47 am
                  Bull I just have few questions. You call Hindus the cow drinker blah blah. You call Hindus with various names in a Hindu majority country. So the question is off coursenyou are a brown converted Christian who follows the world's first known terrorist Jewish Jesus who was born when his mom Mary was raped. The question is how can you be liar cheater inhuman animal that you all rape kidsnin christian churches and missionary schools. How is it possible if you call Jesus a gospel? Is it because you all are the worst creatures and do these atrocities on chhildren?
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                  Samir
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 12:59 am
                  First define hindism.
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                    chitta
                    Jun 11, 2017 at 12:10 am
                    You people forgetting that India is a Secular country .that means equal treatment of all religions by the state. As per 42nd Amendment of the Cons ution of India enacted in 1976, The laws implicitly require the state and its ins utions to recognise and accept all religions. So it's India not Hindu stan.
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                      ak dev
                      Jun 11, 2017 at 12:57 am
                      Hindu Rashtra treats all religions equally. That's why various religions came to India and prospered. It's few traitors who don't accept this simple historical fact for their divide and rule politics.
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                        ak dev
                        Jun 11, 2017 at 1:04 am
                        Indian cons ution is only 70 years old but Islam and Christianity has been prospering in India since over a thousand years. So your thinking that cons ution has made India secular is absolutely wrong. Instead cons ution has only confirmed what India as a Hindu nation has been following for thousands of years.
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                        Rachhpal Singh Atwal
                        Jun 11, 2017 at 12:00 am
                        The only people who gained are bigwig by sel the fertiliser and seed merchants. Farmers are demanding a fair price for their labour!
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