In a statement that has the potential to create a controversy, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, has issued a Twitter post, which says that the population of Hindus in India is reducing since they do not convert other people into Hinduism. His Twitter post read – “Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around.” Rijiju tweeted this post after Congress made allegations that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to convert Arunanchal Pradesh into a Hindu State.
Rijiju also requested Congress to stop making such false statements since the people of Arunanchal Pradesh were living in perfect harmony with each other. His Twitter post read – “Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully.” In another such Twitter post, he said, “Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunanchal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other.”
However, Rijiju’s tweets were criticized by the President of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi. Owaisi’s Twitter post read – “MOS Home should remember he is a Minister of India for all Indians not for Hindus only, remember your oath as minister.”
Rijiju may have only been trying to state the facts, which clearly indicate that the population of Hindus is reducing in the country. In 2001 census, India’s Hindu population was 80.5%, and in 2011 census, it has reduced to 79.80%. On the other hand, the population of Muslims had increased from 13.4% in 2001 to 14.23% in 2011.