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RSS calls Muslim population growth ‘worrisome’

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New Delhi: Expressing concern over the growing population percentage of the non-Indian religions, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday said that the comparative study between census of 1951 and that of 2011 had revealed ‘worrisome’ facts.

“The previous government did not make 2011 census public, but this government has made it public. People studied it, analysed it, and after a comparative study, they found that there are lot of things in it which are worrisome. The percentage of the (people of) Indian-origin religions – Hindu, Buddhist, Jainism and Sikhs- is reducing in the last 60 years. In 1951, the population percentage of Indian-origin religions was 88%, which is now 83%,” senior RSS leader Krishna Gopal told media here.

“The population of Muslims is on a rise. In 1951, the population of Muslims was 9.8%, in 2011 it is 14.3 %. So, the population of people of Indian-origin religions has reduced by 5% but the population of Muslims has risen by 5 %,” he added.

Gopal further said that in the border areas the population of Muslims had grown four-fold.

During the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal (ABKM) or Working committee meeting here, the RSS also passed a resolution on “Challenge of imbalance in the population growth rate”.

According to the latest census data, the Muslim community registered a moderate 0.8 per cent growth in the 10 year period between 2001 and 2011, while Hindus population showed a decline by 0.7 percent during the period.