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Pinarayi Vijayan, Asaduddin Owaisi accuse Mohan Bhagwat of ‘hate-speech’; rule out need for population control

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi have slammed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on population control policy.

According to senior CPI(M) leader, Bhagawat’s statement is Islamophobic and patently anti-minority.

Bhagawat had stoked hate by spreading the lie that Hindus would soon become a minority in Kerala, Vijayan said in a Facebook post.

“It is an old Sangh Parivar weapon. Bhagawat has just deployed the instrument of hate again,” he said.

“RSS had attempted to reframe citizenship based on religion. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was an example,” Vijayan said.

He went on to say: “Population increase calculations were based on the Total Fertility Rate (TFR). The National Health Survey had published the figures. In the past 20 years, the TFR of Muslims had shown a steady decline. The TFR of Muslims dropped by 2.3 compared to 1.9 for Hindus. The TFR for Muslims was 4.4 in 1992-93. The community’s TFR had dwindled by 46.5% compared to Hindus (41.2%). As per the census, the Muslim population has dropped by 4.7% compared to Hindus (3.1%).”

There is no need for population control as the country has already achieved replacement rate, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Wednesday, reacting to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment on population policy.

In a tweet, Hyderabad MP said, “If Hindus & Muslims have “same DNA” then where’s the imbalance?” There’s no need for population control as we’ve already achieved replacement rate. The worry is an ageing population & unemployed youth who cannot support elderly. Muslims have sharpest decline in fertility rate.”

Speaking at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Dussehra rally in Nagpur, Bhagwat said that India should have a population policy prepared after comprehensive thought and it should be applicable to all communities equally.

Owaisi further said, “For Mohan, it is Annual Day of Dog Whistles & Hate Speech. Fear-mongering over “population imbalance” has resulted in genocide, ethnic cleansing & hate crimes across the world. Kosovo was created after a genocide of Albanian Muslims by Serbian nationalists.”

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