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PM Modi links population control with patriotism in I-Day speech

When RSS and BJP leaders talk of population control, their target presumably is Muslims

Thursday August 15, 2019 10:54 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Modi I Day Speech

[Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying floral tributes at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, in Delhi on August 15, 2019.]

New Delhi: In an assertion which could stir a debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday linked population control with patriotism at the same time showering praise on people having smaller families.

Speaking on the need for population control during his Independence speech from the ramparts of Red Fort, Modi said that there is a greater need for discussion and awareness on the "population explosion".

"Population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. But there is a vigilant section of public which stops to think, before bringing a child to the world, whether they can do justice to the child, give them all that she or he wants. They have a small family and express their patriotism to the country. Let's learn from them", PM Modi said in his I-Day 2019 speech.

"There is need of social awareness," he said.

Praising the people who are going for small families, Modi said that such families are observing a form of patriotism. "Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism", Modi said in his address to the nation on 73rd Independence Day.

When RSS and BJP leaders talk of population control, their target presumably is Muslims. However a recent survey has found that the fertility gap between Muslims and Hindus in India is narrowing fast, and the greatest birthrate disparities are between states, not religions.

"Hindu women in the very poor state of Bihar have about two more children each than Muslim women in more developed Andhra Pradesh", the findings that came out in 2017 said.

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