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Govt does not know definition of `Hindu’, reveals RTI query

In reply to an RTI query by Chandrashekhar Gaur, the Union home ministry has said it does not know the definition of the word Hindu.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2015 22:14 IST
Hundreds of thousands of Hindus take part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river. (File photo)
Hundreds of thousands of Hindus take part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river. (File photo)(Reuters)

Union home ministry does not know the definition of the word ‘Hindu’.

In reply to an RTI query by Chandrashekhar Gaur, the ministry said it does not know the definition of the word Hindu.

“To my query under RTI about the meaning and definition of the word Hindu in the light of the Indian Constitution and the law, the home ministry in its reply on July 31 said the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) doesn’t have information regarding it,” said Gaur, a resident of Neemuch district in Madhya Pradesh.

Gaur had also sought to know on what grounds a community was considered Hindu, and why Hindus were considered to be a majority community.

The government’s reply was baffling, he said.

“If the government doesn’t know the meaning and definition of the word Hindu, on what basis did it enact the Hindu Marriage Act?” he questioned.