Sunday, May 26, 2024

Hate speech: Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says ‘Muslims outgrowing other communities’, ‘altering demography’

Union Minister and BJP leader Rajeev Chandrasekhar, while responding to a report by The Economic Advisory Council to the PM stating that the share of the Hindu population decreased by 7.82% between 1950 and 2015 in India, while that of Muslims increased by 43.15%, remarked that the Muslim community “outgrowing other communities” and “altering the demography” is a “serious issue.”

The saffron party leader joined the Hindu right-wing campaign that Muslims in India are “illegal immigrants or infiltrators” and are involved in conversion activities in India.

“This trend of only Muslim community outgrowing other communities and altering demography is a serious issue and leads to many important questions that need to be asked and answered?” he posted on X.

“What role is illegal immigration and/or conversion playing in this?” asked Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

“Is it crowding out other minorities like christians, sikhs, jains etc? What is impact of this population growth on development and opportunities for OBC,SC & ST if Cong gives reservations to Muslims?” read his post.

Many BJP leaders and Hindu right-wing social media users took to X and Facebook to abuse Muslims while sharing the news reports of the report.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar said to ANI news agency: “This is a very significant issue on which all Indian should seriously ask a few questions because if only the Muslim community has increased its population by such a significant number over the last several years. How much of this growth has been because of illegal immigration and conversion? How much of this growth of the muslim community alone, is crowding out the other minority communities like Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Christians from the benefits that minorities get from GoI and state govts?”

He went on to say: “Given this large increasing population of one minority religion, the Muslims, and on top of that, some political parties wanting to alter the Constitution and give religion based reservation to the muslim community, what will that deadly combination of growth in population and reservations, what will the effect of that be on other much more deprived communities like OBCs, SCs and STs?…”

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