01, Nov 2015
RANCHI: The RSS on Saturday sought a review of the population policy to counter ‘severe demographic changes’ in India, flagging what it considers a high rate of growth among Muslims in the country.
The Hindutva outfit passed a resolution on the contentious issue at its three-day national executive in Jharkhand’s capital.
The RSS and its affiliates have been citing the last census figures to claim that the Hindus are facing the threat of being swamped by Muslims, though the minority community accounts for only 14.2% of the population.
The Hindu population was pegged at 79.8% of the population by the religion data of Census 2011.
“The share of population of religions of Bharatiya origin has slipped from 88% to 83.5 % between 1951-2011 censuses while Muslim population has increased from 9.8% to 14.23% in the intervening period,” said the resolution, a copy of which was released to the media.
The RSS considers the Hindus as Bharatiyas (Indians) to make a distinction with Muslims and Christians whom the organisation claims arrived with “invaders” like the Mughals and British.