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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Demographic changes challenging India: Joshi

New Delhi, April 27. (PTI)
The Hindu

The influx of "illegal" Bangladeshi migrants and "high" growth rate among certain minority communities were posing a danger to the demographic character and the cultural fabric of the country, senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi said here on Tuesday.

"The illegal immigration of Bangladeshis into India is posing a great challenge to the country as it is creating a favourable tilt to a particular community so as the high growth rate among certain minority communities," Joshi said inaugurating the two-day 'National Convention on Census 2001: Emerging Challenges.'

He said the increasing religious conversion activity in various parts of the country has put the "core culture" of India in danger and is posing a serious threat to the unity and integrity of the country.

Coming down heavily on "coercive steps employed by the church for religious conversion" especially in the North East, Joshi warned that such activities, if left unchecked would lead to "tension and conflict" in the country.

"India's core culture is that of tolerance and secularism. But when coercive methods are employed for it then it endangers this core culture," Joshi said.

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