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Bangalore: “If the Muslim rulers had forcibly spread Islam in this country during their 800 years of rule, not a single Hindu would have been left in India today”. This was highlighted by the former Karnataka assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar while speaking at the launch of former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. S.Y.Quraishi’s book ‘The Population Myth’ on September 26 here. He also flagged that the Constitution of India is under threat as the forces at the helm of power are making all efforts to undermine it.

In his address, former speaker and Congress leader Kumar criticized the communal forces, saying it is unfortunate that these extremist forces have grabbed the power and are trying to weaken the country’s constitution. He stressed the need to launch a concerted and joint effort to frustrate their design and action.

Expressing concern over the country’s state of affairs, he said there are three types of political forces at work in the country. He classified them as the left-leaning forces influenced by the communist revolution; the moderate forces are those who were involved in the struggle for independence of the country and the far-right forces who hanker to capture power by overwhelming the weaker sections of the society.

Unfortunately, today, the power was captured by these forces at the Center and several states that represent the Manuwadi-thinking (caste supremacy) and want to confine power to only one class by dominating the weaker sections of society added.

“India has never been a communal nation, and even after the partition of the country and the assassination of Gandhi, the communal forces failed to make an impact in the first general election.”

In the first Lok Sabha elections after the independence, out of 489 seats, only six members were elected from the hard-line communal parties such as Jan Singh and other outfits. The election results made it clear that  Hindus of this country were Hindus of this country have never been communal, said Kumar.

However, these communal forces did not relent after the election debacle and worked hard to strengthen themselves, and today they are working to undermine the constitution.

Debunking the false propaganda that the sword spread Islam, the former speaker said had it been the case, not a single Hindu would have survived in this country!

“What Muslims have contributed for this country today is being erased from the minds of the people, and historical facts are being distorted and presented to the people in such a way that Muslims have forcibly spread Islam.”

The former speaker said Quraishi’s book is a laudable work and a befitting reply to the propaganda of Muslim population explosion and Muslim would overtake Hindus in future.

Concurring with his views, former Karnataka minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa said the allegation against Muslims that they spread Islam by force and power was baseless and without foundation.

Muslims ruled this country for 800 years and 200 years after the Muslim rule; the British ruled the country, but during that period, there was no attempt made to declare the country an Islamic state or a Christian state,” Dr. Mahadevappa noted in his address.

The former minister averred that ordinary Indians Hindus and Muslims are convinced to live together in this country but a handful people who want to achieve their ends through power, are sowing the seeds of hatred. However, after the communal forces seized power in the country, it is being said that the country will be turned into a Hindu Rashtra, he added. We need to respond to these forces effectively and frustrate their designs, he said.

On this occasion, the book’s author and former IAS officer, Dr.Quraishi, highlighted various aspects of his seminal work. He said the Right-wing had propagated increasing rhetoric on the growth of the Muslim population. This rhetoric has given rise to several myths, which stoke majoritarian fears of a skewed demographic.

In the book, I use empirical evidence and government data to demolish these myths and demonstrate how a planned population is in the interest of all communities. It is the first such book in India that evaluates the country’s demography through a religious lens, Dr. Quraishi said.

Responding to those who have repeatedly blamed Muslims for the country’s population growth, he said he had smashed the false notion based on official figures alone. He said that during the first census after partition, there was a gap between the population of Hindus and Muslims in this country of 270 million. He said that since independence, the Muslim population of the country has increased by only 4.4%. He also termed the propaganda of lack of family planning among Muslims as false. He said that the data of the 2011 census shows that 45% of Muslims in the country have adopted family planning.

Former CEC said the allegation against Muslims that the country’s population increased due to polygamy was baseless. Data released by the government showed that Muslims were rather less polygamous than Hindus and tribals. The allegation of having more children through marriage is part of baseless and unrealistic propaganda. He said that the country’s demographics show 940 females per thousand males in the country. If there is not even a single wife available to all male members, where would the four wives come from? He said that as Muslims, Hindus of this country are also backward, and that section is also deprived of education. Political parties have kept these two sections away from education and entangled them in emotional issues. There is a need to make these sections aware of their real situation.

The former commissioner said India is still secular because the people of this country have remained secular. Without being secular, India cannot survive as a well-knit nation due to its sheer diversity.

On the occasion, former state minister Naseer Ahmed praised Dr. Quraishi, saying his research work in the book will dispel the misconceptions among fellow citizens about the myth of the Muslim population. He said a section of the society has been harboring this myth for decades, and it is necessary to take all sections of society into confidence for developing a cordial atmosphere in the country.

Former MP Shahid Siddiqui, ex MLC Dr. M P Nada Gowda, Narsimaha, Anil Kumar, office bearers of the Save Constitution, and dignitaries were present at the launch ceremony.Bangalore: “If the Muslim rulers had forcibly spread Islam in this country during their 800 years of rule, not a single Hindu would have been left in India today”. This was highlighted by the former Karnataka assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar while speaking at the launch of former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. S.Y.Quraishi’s book ‘The Population Myth’ on September 26 here. He also flagged that the Constitution of India is under threat as the forces at the helm of power are making all efforts to undermine it.

In his address, former speaker and Congress leader Kumar criticized the communal forces, saying it is unfortunate that these extremist forces have grabbed the power and are trying to weaken the country’s constitution. He stressed the need to launch a concerted and joint effort to frustrate their design and action.

Expressing concern over the country’s state of affairs, he said there are three types of political forces at work in the country. He classified them as the left-leaning forces influenced by the communist revolution; the moderate forces are those who were involved in the struggle for independence of the country and the far-right forces who hanker to capture power by overwhelming the weaker sections of the society.

Unfortunately, today, the power was captured by these forces at the Center and several states that represent the Manuwadi-thinking (caste supremacy) and want to confine power to only one class by dominating the weaker sections of society added.

“India has never been a communal nation, and even after the partition of the country and the assassination of Gandhi, the communal forces failed to make an impact in the first general election.”

In the first Lok Sabha elections after the independence, out of 489 seats, only six members were elected from the hard-line communal parties such as Jan Singh and other outfits. The election results made it clear that  Hindus of this country were Hindus of this country have never been communal, said Kumar.

However, these communal forces did not relent after the election debacle and worked hard to strengthen themselves, and today they are working to undermine the constitution.

Debunking the false propaganda that the sword spread Islam, the former speaker said had it been the case, not a single Hindu would have survived in this country!

“What Muslims have contributed for this country today is being erased from the minds of the people, and historical facts are being distorted and presented to the people in such a way that Muslims have forcibly spread Islam.”

The former speaker said Quraishi’s book is a laudable work and a befitting reply to the propaganda of Muslim population explosion and Muslim would overtake Hindus in future.

Concurring with his views, former Karnataka minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa said the allegation against Muslims that they spread Islam by force and power was baseless and without foundation.

Muslims ruled this country for 800 years and 200 years after the Muslim rule; the British ruled the country, but during that period, there was no attempt made to declare the country an Islamic state or a Christian state,” Dr. Mahadevappa noted in his address.

The former minister averred that ordinary Indians Hindus and Muslims are convinced to live together in this country but a handful people who want to achieve their ends through power, are sowing the seeds of hatred. However, after the communal forces seized power in the country, it is being said that the country will be turned into a Hindu Rashtra, he added. We need to respond to these forces effectively and frustrate their designs, he said.

On this occasion, the book’s author and former IAS officer, Dr.Quraishi, highlighted various aspects of his seminal work. He said the Right-wing had propagated increasing rhetoric on the growth of the Muslim population. This rhetoric has given rise to several myths, which stoke majoritarian fears of a skewed demographic.

In the book, I use empirical evidence and government data to demolish these myths and demonstrate how a planned population is in the interest of all communities. It is the first such book in India that evaluates the country’s demography through a religious lens, Dr. Quraishi said.

Responding to those who have repeatedly blamed Muslims for the country’s population growth, he said he had smashed the false notion based on official figures alone. He said that during the first census after partition, there was a gap between the population of Hindus and Muslims in this country of 270 million. He said that since independence, the Muslim population of the country has increased by only 4.4%. He also termed the propaganda of lack of family planning among Muslims as false. He said that the data of the 2011 census shows that 45% of Muslims in the country have adopted family planning.

Former CEC said the allegation against Muslims that the country’s population increased due to polygamy was baseless. Data released by the government showed that Muslims were rather less polygamous than Hindus and tribals. The allegation of having more children through marriage is part of baseless and unrealistic propaganda. He said that the country’s demographics show 940 females per thousand males in the country. If there is not even a single wife available to all male members, where would the four wives come from? He said that as Muslims, Hindus of this country are also backward, and that section is also deprived of education. Political parties have kept these two sections away from education and entangled them in emotional issues. There is a need to make these sections aware of their real situation.

The former commissioner said India is still secular because the people of this country have remained secular. Without being secular, India cannot survive as a well-knit nation due to its sheer diversity.

On the occasion, former state minister Naseer Ahmed praised Dr. Quraishi, saying his research work in the book will dispel the misconceptions among fellow citizens about the myth of the Muslim population. He said a section of the society has been harboring this myth for decades, and it is necessary to take all sections of society into confidence for developing a cordial atmosphere in the country.

Former MP Shahid Siddiqui, ex MLC Dr. M P Nada Gowda, Narsimaha, Anil Kumar, office bearers of the Save Constitution, and dignitaries were present at the launch ceremony.

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