NEW DELHI: The VHP has demanded a national population policy to check the “imbalance” brought out by the census data on religious communities, appealed to the Muslim community to adopt family planning, and urged all Hindu communities to share water resources, cremation grounds and temples so that the Hindu society could be “homogenised”.
At its Marg Darshak Mandal meeting in Maharashtra’s Nasik, the VHP adopted a resolution expressing concern over the increasing Muslim population which it said was creating an imbalance that could not only affect “the very existence of the country” but also lead the minority community to “stay backward”. Two more resolutions -- one on cow protection and the other against caste-based discrimination -- were adopted at the meeting held on Saturday.
“India has been known for a policy of communal and social harmony: vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world is one family). The diminishing Hindu population can harm this image of India. A dangerous trend is emerging from the recent census figures. For the first time the Hindu population has fallen below 80 percent,” the resolution said. “We appeal to Muslims to start a process of internal reforms....When Arab countries can adopt family planning, then why not Indian Muslims?” the first resolution said.
In its resolution on social inclusion aimed at the homogenisation of the Hindu community, the VHP called on all Hindu leaders to tour areas where Dalits are in the majority and hold functions and discourses there. The outfit also called for common use of water resources, cremation grounds, and temples by the members of all Hindu communities.
“Saints belong to the entire country. Hindus should together celebrate the birth and death anniversaries of all saints like Guru Nanak, Buddha, Mahavir, Valmiki, Ravidas,” the resolution said, adding that Hindus should jointly fight “attempts to denigrate their religious values”.
In an alarmist tone, the RSS-affiliate said there was no communal harmony in the Kashmir valley, three districts of Bihar and West Bengal and nine districts of Assam, where Muslims are in the majority.
“Non-muslims do not feel safe. State and central governments are helpless in these districts. Some Muslim leaders say that when their population reaches 20 percent of the total, then Hindus will have to stay according to their terms,” said the first resolution.