You’re Minister for All, Not Just Hindus: Owaisi on Kiren Rijiju’s Lament ‘Hindu Population Reducing’


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“Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around (sic),” tweeted Kiren Rijiju, Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs 

NEW DELHI (PTI) — Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday 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.


  1. In a healthy democratic polity, the increase in number of any section of citizens should not be a cause of alarm. In US, UK, Canada and Australia population of Hindus has increased by 200-300%, should they be sent to butcher houses? The fact is that Hindutva politicians have been raising bogey of decrease of Hindu population in India for almost last one century. India consistently had/has around 80% of Hindu population, it did not decrease even after 700-800 years of ‘Muslim’/’Christian’ rules. Hindutva flag-bearers are the only people in the world who feel insecure despite having 80% Hindus. Their insecurity arises due to the reality that most of the Indian Hindus believe in democratic-secular polity and not Hindu rashtra. Groomed by RSS, Riji must understand that Casteism poses greatest danger to Hinduism and not minorities. If he will understand it, he will also know why Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism.


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