Nagpur: In response to an Right to Information (RTI) query, about evidence for ‘threat to Hinduism’, Modi government said that it is ‘imaginary’ or ‘hypothetical’. The Union Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) dismissed the claims on hinduism being in jeopardy.
The Union Ministry said that it has no records or proof concerning any so-called threats to Hinduism. The RTI was filed by Nagpur based activist and Congress worker, Mohnish Jabalpure on August 31. In the RTI, Jabalpure had sought proof for ‘threat to hindu religion in the country’ which the MHA had in its possession.
After a month, the MHA’s CPIO (Internal Security) V.S. Rana responded to the effect that they are neither aware nor posses any evidence suggesting alleged dangers to ‘Hindu religion.’ Rana said it was not possible to satisfy the ‘hypothetical’ query of Jabalpure, adding it was treated as null and void.
He said that his intentions were to expose people who constantly say that Hinduism is in danger.
Calling the alleged danger to Hinduism “hypothetical”, the MHA said the Centre is neither aware of nor possesses any evidence to substantiate it. Jalabpure said that it was the first time MHA has sought such a response, “This is the first time a key functionary of the MHA has said even any query pertaining to ‘threats to Hindu religion’ is imaginary and admitted on record that they have been no record to support any such speculation,” said Jalabpure.
Despite this, he alleged that the BJP and its affiliates, for vested political gains, continue to foment a fear psychosis among the Hindus that their religion and religious identity are in grave danger, he pointed out.
“The RSS’s flagship prayer in Sanskrit, ‘Namaste Sada Vatsale Matrabhume’, refers to saving Hindu religion and Bharatmata, which is chanted by all its activists across the country daily twice,” Jabalpure said.
He also questioned why RSS drills such idea in the minds of swayamsevak through their daily prayers and said that he plans to challenge it in the court as it goes against the tenets of the Indian Constitution.
Jabalpure says he is “extremely grateful” to the MHA officer Rana for his clear-cut reply — which should bury all political controversies on this sensitive issue and spell relief to the majority and minority communities.
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