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Hindu population reducing in India, minorities flourishing: Rijiju


New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI): Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said Hindu population was reducing in India as they "never convert people", while minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries, in remarks that can stoke a controversy.

"Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around (sic)," he tweeted.

The Minister of State for Home's comment came after the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee accused the Narendra Modi -led BJP government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state. "Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other (sic).

"Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully (sic)," he said in a series of tweets, responding to the APCC's charge. Rijiju hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a practising Buddhist.

Reacting to his statement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should remember that he is a "minister of India for all Indians not for Hindus only".

"Remember your oath as minister," the Hyderabad MP said. "Wht have the minorities India got to do with minorities of 'other' countries. It is Constitution which guarantees rights (sic)," he tweeted.

According to the 2011 Census, Hindus make up India's 79.80 per cent of population, Muslims 14.23 per cent, Christians 2.30 per cent, Sikhs 1.72 per cent, Buddhists 0.70 per cent and Jains 0.37 per cent.

The country's Hindu population as per the 2001 Census was 80.5 per cent, while that of Muslims was 13.4 per cent, Christians 2.3 per cent, Sikhs 1.9 per cent, Buddhists 0.80 per cent and Jains 0.4 per cent.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Minister of State for Home affair for 'counting newborn babies' to issue religious certificate.

    This BJP MP and MLA is an envy to mathematicians around the world. His attention to detail is impeccable.

    In Rajasthan BJP MLA counted 2000 bottles of liquor and 3000, 50,000 pieces of bones, 500 used abortion injections and 10,000 cigarette ‘pieces’ were found on the campus adding that the JNU girls and boys danced naked at cultural programmes.

    Now state for minister is accurate information on population census. Is he state minister or 'Kanishmari minister'?

    Jai Hind

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  • Robert, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Prabhu Maam,

    You stated that "most Mangalorean Catholics (former Goan Catholics) have forgotten their history", please let us know your basis or background on such statement, did you conduct a survey or interview at least 1000 people to conclude on such a statement.

    You may have come across many Mangalorean Catholics in your life time and discussed several issues. To conclude and pass such an opinion is not healthy without providing supporting evidence or results. We will never forget our past and do look forward in the future to be peaceful and have harmony in our societies.

    Mangalorean Catholics have suffered in last several centuries; there are several documents available (including a book written by Michael Lobo). Even at present time, Mangalorean Catholics have suffered and tortured by our own people. The 2007-2008 incidents in our Mangalore are examples of such issues. People like you may have contributed (possibly many a times unknowingly) to such incidents by the statements as you have opined here below in this news comments.

    In general, Mangalorean Catholics are people of strong will and capable of standing up with peaceful attitude to issues then in the past, at present and in the future.

    Hope you understand and help with your positive attitudes and any help to be at peace with all humanity.

    Peace be with you and your neighbors.

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  • m, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Nobody seems to notice that Arunachal congress first gave a statement about religion. Rijuju just responded.

    "The Minister of State for Home's comment came after the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee accused the Narendra Modi -led BJP government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state. "Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other (sic)".

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Mr Rijuju, who do you like a patriotic Indian or a Hindu?

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    This is a unwarented sensitive comment from the central minister which shows the mind set of present government

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  • Robert, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Prabhu Maam,

    I condemn, you deplore, then to save the day - we use freedom of speech law to express twisted facts.

    Please read and then re-read your original comment, you begin stating "Hindu population is an abundant harvest for minority religions" Then discussed possibly no conversion by Muslims and started blaming the Christian missionaries whose mantra has always been "salvation for the infidels". It may not be true to the extent that you explained and shows you have developed certain concepts or misleading facts about Christian missionaries over the years.

    What upset me was amount of sacrifices a given Christian missionary has done in the areas of Education and Health Care of people since year 1680 and people blame them for few instances where they might have been conversion issues.

    For your information, I have personally seen conversion and extremisms in all religions in the world, not just limited to Christians. You have a long way to go to erase some of the issues and leave them behind so that we appreciate the good work one does to other people and leave behind the atrocities and extremism.

    In your second comment / response, you introduce, something about Holy Inquisition. I have read the Mr. Alan Machoda's book and it talks about few generations of people moving from Martha Konkan / Goa regions to southern parts of India for reasons which are beyond religion.

    We respect and proud of your have lived long enough in Mangalore and Mumbai before emigrating to Canada 52 years ago, which summarizes that you may be in 80's. You may have come across many of Institutions and way people being educated and cared by those Christian missionaries who sacrificed their life for others. Today, many of us are able to travel and live anywhere in the world due to the gift of education and health care provided by those Christian missionaries .

    Please treat you fellow human being with a positive attitude and minimize use of hate towards others. Peace.

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  • ravi, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Why reducing Hindu in India & converting so many reasons
    1 In modern and young generation not followed rules or accept the rules
    2 we have so many Cast & behavior style is diffirent
    3 No common languages
    4 Hindu have veg & non-Veg catergory
    5 No rights for women (dressing code)
    6 So many types of Gods and mantra
    7 how many people are going to temple
    8 so many people don’t know how to do the pooja
    9 result is equality is not there
    this need to fix it
    this all come from parents, not any party

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangaluru

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    There are number of major religions worldwide. But, only 3 religions have crossed the number BILLION.
    1. Christianity - since 2000 years - 2.2 billion
    2. Islam - since 1400 years - 1.6 billion
    3. Hinduism - since 4000 years - 1.1 billion

    As per the age of the religion, Hinduism should have been at least 4 billion.

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  • m, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    well sir, for your information, there was no such religion such as hinduism.
    All people living in india were called Hindus. It is a geographical identity.
    Anyone living in the land which lies in between himalayas and the Indu sagara( Indian ocean) was called a Hindu. Just like a elephant in africa is called African elephant.
    Its only after repeated invasions that the indians knew something called a religion.
    Also so that you upgrade your knowledge, indian civilzation is more than then thousand years. There are enough proof for that.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Riju, allow consumption of beef freely and see the population sky rocketing.

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  • Amigo, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Mr.Rijiju, Ask the 29% to do some extra overtime instead of fake COW VIGILANTE job after 8 pm. Also don't forget to award them XTRA OVERTIME ALLOWANCE. Then see the result by yourself!!!!!!!! You will be proud to announce this breaking news in parliament instead of tweets.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Is this anything to do with Gau rakshak job taken up by male members of self righteous hindu vigilante groups post sun set ....,

    lol

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  • Anand, Karkala

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Let him announce some schemes which can bear all the expenses of children till the age of 21. Then see the difference....

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Before announcing new schemes, let him tell the numbers along with the %... then we can check the % of his cheating .... Why such figures are required and by whom ??? Bunch of jokers ....

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  • Truly Indian, USA

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    As per the Census 2011, Christians in Arunachal Pradesh grew from 18.7% of the total population in 2001 to become the most dominant religious group at 30.26%. Hindus declined from 34.6% of the population to 29.04%, and are no longer the largest religious group in the state.

    The above is published in TOI today. Please see the truth for yourself and decide!!
    No point bashing people for saying the truth.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Truly Indians settled in the US could go back to Arunachal Pradesh and make Hindus the largest community.

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Truly Indian
    Just to remind you India is yet SECULAR. I can't fathom the mindset of people like you who spend their lifetime in hate mongering against humanity. Do you really have nothing else better to do?

    May I remind you that the population of Arunachal Pradesh is around 0.11% not 50% of India's total population as you project it to be.

    May I also remind you to stop female feoticide as that may contribute to an increase in Hindu population.

    And finally Grow up guys don't put your on someone else's head.

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  • H.A.Dsouza, Damoh

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Is there any forced conversions ?. Those people worry for others faith should study why people are changing their faith they born. People change faith for better life and there is no politics involved. Two thousand years back there was no single Christian on this earth.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Rijiju is a Buddhist. Does Rijiju include Buddhists among the flourishing minorities? If he does include Buddhists among the flourishing minorities, is he unhappy Buddhists are flourishing?

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Rijiju,ji,what is the problem with you?are you minister for population increase in India?Now think people are educated,cant afford to have more children like before ,.Dont think only of conversion and minority.Think to educate peopler to their living better.Women today are working for the family.Afterall Hindus are still in majority .so dont worry ,let everyone live as they want,or freedom to choose their religion which they want.India is a country where everyone has the right to live ,practice their religion freely.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    It is clearly evident that - love towards Hindu's is with an underlying lust for their votes...., nothing else..,

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  • common man, indian

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Thanks for the people who voted him and special thanks for one who made him as MINISTER..

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  • DON, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Any percentage on Hindus leaving their mother land ?

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Record number of financial rich and well educated Hindus are leaving their mother land India to Europe, North America and Eastern Africa. Only the poor and un educated remain in India. They convert Black money in to US Dollars and set up business in foreign countries and take away jobs from people of USA & Europe. Our Nationalist Modi Government should have laws to prevent the migration of Rich and educated Hindus to foreign countries to increase Hindu population in India

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  • Raviraj Shetty, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Kiren Rijiju, maybe they prefer to eat non-veg..

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Christian population in India is now 79%. Thanks to Rijiju and all other fundamental communal's for making big hue and cry of conversion. propaganda.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    For any kind of reward, pay the price!
    Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mission, Mata Amrutamayi devi Mission are successful abroad but in India.
    Census figure prove that Christian Missionaries are not successful in India. May be else where. Taste of the people vary from region to region.
    Muslim population increase may not be due to conversion but for birth rates.
    Union Minister Rijiju saying half truth and concerned more with population demography than his portfolio. Do people chose them for that?

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Rijijuji,
    But..
    Recent report of US :Attacks against minorities, Dalits grew sharply in BJP-led regime.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Stop peeping into men's bathrooms and start living with deserted wife.

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  • sri, Karkala

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    I feel that the minister expressed genuine concern though he is Buddhist. I think it is nothing to do with his political affiliation.

    Many people in India feel the same thing as the minister.

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  • Amigo, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    sri karkala, Not many people think like the minister BUT only 29 % BLINDS.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Our food system is very poor.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Indians by and large are educated and know their responsibility more as parents. It is a good sign for the country that people are getting smarter.

    There are people more focussed with religion than country. It is really insane of those who demand increased population based on their own religion or sect. End of the day they are pushing their own to starvation.

    Govt., should start taxing people for every new addition into family of more than three. Only then these religiouly focussed people of every community or religion will start thinking, from where the money will come to pay.

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    The Central Minister's statement just goes to show the total sense of insecurity being felt by the BJP in India, especially since Assembly elections are under way in many states.

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore, Oman

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Even in one more century minority all together not only overtaking Hindus, not even coming close to 25% unless Hindus put big full stop for people getting married. Don't worry. Why all these statistic other than doing something good for the country ? Let people of India live peacefully. While some of these elected people only trying to amass wealth by corruption others always try to bring controversial remarks

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Mr.Rijiu, you have to blame yourself because charity is missing.

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Misleading figures.....Why the minister is hiding the numbers and giving just %.... Let him give the numbers and % both, Then the public will understand correctly .... There should be a limit for cheating .....

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    what he said 100 % correct... if we saw our neighbor country how they giving right to minority people we all know. Asaduddin should know first he is Mp for not only muslims..

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  • S. M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    U live in Dubai. U know better the country how treated equally to all beside the cast. Remember India is Republic and secular country. Only these all hate mongers political leader charming only in election season so they protect their royal life till the death.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    so your saying talking welfare of hindu community is against secularism... for your information i am not commenting about dubai... those who are fighting in india on the basis of religious they must come dubai and learn how to treat every one same.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Yes exactly what am saying, Mr.. Minister not saying about welfare of hindu community they are barking for sake of votes. Yes Majority of hindus should be take maximum benefits but that should not be in election propaganda they are power then can do better to improve but not to blame other religious for achievements.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Goa, Punjab & UP are good as gone ...

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Do not peep others bathroom, tell your people strictly to have 12 childrens...

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  • Abhijit, M'lore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Some truths cant be spoken.

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    The Hindu population is an abundant harvest for minority religions. Be that as it may, it appears either the Hindus are not as good at increasing their number as is clear from the drop between 2001 and 2011 or others, mainly Muslims who have increased by more than a percentage point which adds up a lot - but don't blame conversion for that. Muslims do not normally convert Hindus unlike the Christian missionaries whose mantra has always been "salvation for the infidels". But the Census do not show much success here.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    You cannot dismis it as not so successful just looking at census figures.. many people dont reveal new identity for reasons well known... pl watch ' xno convresion facebook page, that can gove how alrming state it is..

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  • Alan, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Stop the atrocities against the dalits , lower caste & treat them fairly. then these things wont happen . stop the discremination , treat them justly. Allow the widows to marry again & stop treating the widows like garbage , then the widows will also bear kids & you can expect a rise in population . Get a life Guys , Get educated , This clown Rijju sould be concerned about poverty & not population .

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  • manohar, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    with due respect , did any of the discrimination mentioned above really exists in mangalore..I can see in malls , hospitals, every where only the people wearing veils from head to toe and for you this is equality and secularism.

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  • Robert, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Dr. Prabhu,

    You are shivering in cold weather with minus 10 degrees in the capital of Canada and passing condemnable comment like "Christian missionaries whose mantra has always been "salvation for the infidels". whose mantra has always been salvation for the infidels", shame on you.

    Please provide some evidence and support with facts your statements since you seems to educated person and writing comments like uneducated person.

    IF you are correct and has evidence, please note your tax dollars are used by the Christian missionaries for the salvation for the infidels.

    God bless you and peace be with you.
    5898

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Robert,
    Obviously you are ill-informed or lack enough education to challenge me, on how the Portuguese missionaries converted Goan Hindus who later fled Goa and settled in Mangalore; they used all kinds of inhuman acts if the new converts did not follow the biblical teachings; including the dreaded "Holy Inquisition". You are, if your ancestors were Goan Christians, a true follower despite all those atrocities, and most Mangalorean Catholics (former Goan Catholics) have forgotten their history. Read some books, like Alan Machado's Saraswati Children and Priolkar's Goa Inquisition. You may condemn what I have written, but that is deplorable on your part to do so; there is freedom of speech. I have lived long enough in Mangalore and Mumbai before emigrating to Canada 52 years ago.

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  • Alfria, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Canada being a Christian country has not ask you to convert from 52 year's and you want people to believe your poorly written script.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Mr. Prabhu,
    You are bringing facts of Goa which are 400 years old. You talk about the present. Being you are living in Canada, I presume, majority of the population in that Country are Christians. Any Christians have forced you. Hope you have not changed your religion and still following the religion of your parents.

    Do not spread false rumours. Only stick to truth. If you have a religious inferiority phobia, then better, come out of it.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Hey Prabhu,
    Have you ever heard any minister or a local canadian say that there are too many hindus in Canada?

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Hindus should stop migrating to Canada, USA, Europe and other developed countries to prevent the reduction of Hindu population in India.

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Even playing Hindu card will not let them to win 5 state assly elections.

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