TWO DAYS after Mohan Bhagwat asked which law says the population of Hindus should not rise – and faced flak for it – the Sangh on Monday clarified that the RSS chief meant that there should be a “common law about population growth applicable to all”, a comment consonance with the organisation’s continuous stand.
Manmohan Vaidya, the RSS’s all-India prachar pramukh, said, “Bhagwat-ji did not say that Hindus should produce more children. (He) intended to say that there should be a common law about population growth applicable to all.”
Vaidya said Bhagwat’s remarks were “in reply to a question” a teacher at the event had asked him: “In Bharat, the rate of growth of Hindus is 2.1 per cent and that of Muslims is 5.3 per cent. If the same continues then after 50 years will this country be not an Islamic country?”
During an interaction with teachers in Agra on Saturday, Bhagwat had said: “Which law in Bharat stops Hindus from producing more children?” On Sunday, BSP chief Mayawati, who was addressing a rally in the same city, slammed Bhagwat and asked who will provide food and employment to this additional population.
On Monday, Vaidya noted that the RSS chief had only “reiterated views expressed in the resolution passed by Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal of the RSS in October 2015”.
Expressing “deep concern” over “severe demographic imbalances”, the Karyakari Mandal had urged the government to “reformulate (the) National Population Policy, keeping in view availability of resources, working hands needed in future and the problem of demographic imbalance”, and apply them “uniformly” for all sections of the society.
Bhagwat had taken the same line in his annual Vijaya Dashami speech last year – he had expressed concern over “imbalances” in Census figures that impacted “our present and future”.
Census figures show the population growth of Muslims had slid in the decade leading up to 2011. According to the Census, the population growth of Muslims in the country increased 0.8 percentage points between 2001 and 2011 to settle at 17.22 crore, or 14.23 per cent, of the total population. Between 1991 and 2001, the share of Muslims in India’s population had increased by a bigger 1.73-percentage point, and the community had a 13.43-per cent share of the total population.