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The cradle watchers

india Updated: Oct 22, 2008 21:17 IST
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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has now cast itself in a new avatar. That of a family planning expert. This comes in the form of a new booklet — Bharat Mein Hindu Bahumat — in which it has come up with the suggestion that the Biblical exhortation to multiply must be taken far more seriously than we have done before. And when it says ‘we’, it means Hindus. The multiplication means not ‘hum do, hamare do’ but four, two for the nation and two for the family.

Is this virility with a vengeance? Well, it would seem so. The VHP it seems is scared that an ‘aggressive’ Muslim birth rate will eventually, that is as early as circa 2100, relegate Hindus to a minority status in India. Now, here we want to take issue with the VHP. Who has the right to tell anyone how many progeny they may have? No, we believe that a babython will keep the less civilised among us away from pastimes like bashing minorities.

By the way, we need to inform the VHP that even if our 14 per cent Muslims, whom it so fears, were to spend a disproportionate amount of time engaged in horizontal activity, there is no threat to the Hindu rate of growth. Its rate just goes on.