In a remark that could trigger controversy, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today said that the Hindu population in the country was reducing as the community ‘never converted people’. Rijiju further added that minorities in India flourished unlike some other countries.
"Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around," he tweeted.
Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around. pic.twitter.com/W4rZnk1saM— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 13, 2017
Rijiju hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is practising Buddhist. The minister’s comment came after the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state.
"Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully," he said in a series of tweets, responding to the APCCs charge.
Owaisi slams Rijiju
Reacting to his statement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should remember that he is a "minister of India for all Indians not for Hindus only".
"Remember your oath as minister," the Hyderabad MP said.
"What have the minorities India got to do with minorities of other countries. It is Constitution which guarantees rights," he tweeted.
According to the 2011 Census, Hindus make up India’s 79.80 per cent of population, Muslims 14.23 per cent, Christians 2.30 per cent, Sikhs 1.72 per cent, Buddhists 0.70 per cent and Jains 0.37 per cent. The country’s Hindu population as per the 2001 Census was 80.5 per cent, while that of Muslims was 13.4 per cent, Christians 2.3 per cent, Sikhs 1.9 per cent, Buddhists 0.80 per cent and Jains 0.4 per cent.
With PTI Inputs