RTI: Threats to Hinduism 'imaginary', says Union Home Ministry

By Quaid Najmi

Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sep 20 (IANS): The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre has effectively demolished all apprehensions and questions pertaining to any perceived threats to the Hindu religion, dismissing them as merely 'hypothetical' or 'imaginary'.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) headed by BJP stalwart leader Amit Shah has categorically stated that it has no records or evidence concerning any so-called 'threats' to Hindu religion, in a recent RTI reply to Nagpur-based activist Mohnish Jabalpure.

In quite a brazen RTI query on August 31, Jabalpure had sought proof of "threats to the 'Hindu religion' in the country" that 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 of nor possess any evidence suggesting alleged dangers to 'Hindu religion'.

The reply, bordering on mild admonition, said that as per the RTI Act rules, the Public Information Officer (PIOs) can only provide information that is available with them, or which is falling within their jurisdiction.

However, since the Centre has no records concerning this, Rana contended that it was not possible to satisfy the 'hypothetical' query of Jabalpure and hence it was treated as void.

"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 records to support any such speculation...," said Jabalpure.

Despite this, he said the BJP and its affiliates, for vested political gains, continue to foment a fear psychosis among the majority 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 wondered how -- when the Centre has confidently assured that Hinduism is not at any risk from any quarters -- can the RSS drill such ideas through a daily prayer into the minds of its ordinary swayamsevaks, and said he plans to challenge it in the court as it goes against the tenets of Indian Constitution.

Nevertheless, 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, whose leaders seem to be pouncing at each other's throats over 'illusory' threats.



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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    eera, 😒🤔🤔 ... factually threats to Hinduism was during Portuguese rule !!!

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Who welcomed Portuguese with red carpet??????…….Who sought thier help to settle score and wage war against your own brothers????????……Don’t shed crocodile tears now.

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Weird cause many enjoy listening to songs from Portugal and Spain

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Threats to Hinduism is only to fool Hindus ...

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Vinasha Kallake Viparitha. After all expletives, communal rhetorics and controversial statements BJP is making full circle to face reality without any option left. This is the latest and the greatest trick left for BJP since all other previous ones have back fired. If this moves forward then what is difference between BJP and other parties. It’s no more a nationalistic party which will make its ministers and activists to retaliate violently. Implosion is intensifying.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Sometimes you are forced to make politically correct statements. there is a reality underneath.

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Great. Now Hindus are out of danger. Khatre mey nahi hain.

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Mon, Sep 20 2021

    Even though India was ruled by muslim rulers for more than 1500 years and British for about 200 years still India remained majority (85%) Hindu and all other minorities in India remain true Indians. Hindus are in grate danger from RSS, BJP, unorganized Hindu saints/temples/Gurus/Hindu political & religious leaders and upper class rich Hindus. Upper class rich Hindus in record number migrating to Western countries with all looted money from Nationalized banks and other Government institutions. Unless cast system completely abolished and social & economic equality is provided to all Indian Citizens the Threats to Hinduism will remain and may become reason for divisions, poverty and collapse of Hinduism. Need of the hour is a New powerful Adi Shankaracharya suitable for modern times to bring reform in society.

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