New Delhi, Feb 13: In response to the accusation hurled by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee against Narendra Modi government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a ‘Hindu State’, the Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Monday said that Hindu population was reducing as they (Hindus) “never convert people”.
On the other hand, he said that the “minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries in India.
“Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around,” he tweeted.
“Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are united and living peacefully with each other.”
“Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully,” he said in a series of tweets, responding to the APCC’s charge.
Rijiju hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a practising Buddhist. He represents one of the two parliamentary constituencies in the Himalayan border state.
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.
“What 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 percent of the population, Muslims 14.23 percent, Christians 2.30 percent, Sikhs 1.72 percent, Buddhists 0.70 percent and Jains 0.37 percent.
The country’s Hindu population as per the 2001 Census was 80.5 percent, while that of Muslims was 13.4 per cent, Christians 2.3 percent, Sikhs 1.9 per cent, Buddhists 0.80 percent and Jains 0.4 percent.