VARANASI: Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh advocated for a uniform population policy for all Indians, irrespective of their religious affiliation. For social equilibrium there should be a uniform population policy and strict law to address the problem of demographic imbalance, he said adding that the voting right of those who do not follow the law should be terminated, and legal as well as financial action should be initiated against them.
Singh was here on Sunday to attend the Sanatan Dharm Bachao Sammelan organised by Sri Vedshastranusandhan Kendra in memory of Swami Sri Karpatriji Maharaj at the Gandhi Adhyayan Peeth of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV).
Addressing the gathering, he also made an appeal to sants and dandi swamis of Sanatan Dharma to come out of mutts-temples and go to the people to spread the message. “It the responsibility of sadhus and sants to convince the society for the conservation of our ‘sanskritik virasat’ (cultural heritage)”, he said adding that the social balance would be disturbed badly in the country if the population of the followers of Santan Dharma is reduced. Citing some examples, he said that the population of Hindus has declined in 60 districts of UP and 26 districts of Bihar, while Hindus have become minority in five districts of Kerala.
The changes in the population and demography of the country are indicating an impending threat to Hindus, he said adding that the increasing gaps in growth rates of different religious groups resulting in religious imbalance of the population ratio will emerge as a threat to the unity, integrity and cultural identity of the country. “We should learn a lesson from China, which controlled its population by enforcing the policy strictly, and became a developed nation,” he said adding that the control of population is essential for country’s proper and speedy development.
“All these things I am saying not as a minister or BJP spokesperson, but as a Sanatan Dharmi Hindu. First I am a Hindu, then BJP member and minister. I can quit the post of minister and party, but can’t quit my dharma,” said Singh adding that the reducing population of Sanatan dharma is a matter of great concern. “The geography and history of vast Aryavart are still there, but many parts of this Aryavart have no Sanatan dharma followers,” he added. He also advocated for a wide discussion on the definition of minority.
On the issue of intolerance, the minister said that tolerance is in the blood of India, which firmly believes in the philosophy of ‘Vashudhaib Kutumbakam’ and ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina’. “It is the country’s tolerance that the court sat at night for a terrorist Yakub Memon, and thousands of people took part in his funeral,” he said adding that some people are questioning the country’s tolerance by raising the issue of increasing intolerance, but whole world accepts India’s tolerance.