CPI leader questions timing of EAC-PM report on Hindu population amid elections

“PM is already trying to polarise in the name of religion. So, it means there is an attempt to polarise the people, and the people should be careful,” Raja cautioned.

As the 2024 Lok Sabha elections draw closer, the release of a report by the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) showing a decrease in the Hindu population in India has sparked criticism from opposition parties. D Raja, leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI), raised questions about the timing and potential motives behind the report’s publication.

Speaking to the media, Raja said, “This data is of between 1950 to 2015, [but] Modi came to power in 2014 as PM. This government has not conducted any census and has not given any data for those who died due to COVID-19, for the migrant labourers who went through horrific experiences, and for the prevailing poverty in our country. But, how was the data collected? There are many factors which one has to go through.”

The CPI leader further questioned why the Prime Minister’s economic council decided to release this report amid the ongoing election season. “PM is already trying to polarise in the name of religion. So, it means there is an attempt to polarise the people, and the people should be careful,” Raja cautioned.

The EAC-PM report, based on data from the Census and Sample Registration System, projected that India’s Hindu population could fall below 80% by 2050. While the report itself did not make any policy recommendations, opposition parties have accused the government of attempting to stoke religious divisions for political gain.

As the campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections intensifies, the debate over the EAC-PM report and its potential implications is likely to continue, with opposition parties urging voters to remain vigilant against attempts at polarization.