Deflating the bogey of a rapidly growing Muslim population – By Rahul Singh
Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister for Propaganda, memorably said, “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will come to believe it yourself.” One is reminded of this when hearing what a lot of people, not just the Bharatiya Janata Party and its supporters, say about how India’s Muslim population is increasing at such a rapid rate that Muslims will outnumber Hindus very soon.
This false narrative is reinforced by the fact that a Muslim can legally have up to four wives. It stands to reason then, so the twisted logic goes, that many more Muslim babies are born than Hindu babies. Nobody bothers to ask how many Muslims actually have more than one wife. In reality, very few. I personally don’t know of any. Do you?
Anyhow, the myth of Muslims multiplying much more than Hindus persists, fuelling communal prejudice. It is sad that Mohan Bhagwat, head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has joined the chorus…. On the question of Muslims outnumbering Hindus in the near future, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, in his authoritative book “The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India”, exposes the Goebbelsian falsehoods promoted by the likes of Bhagwat….