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In a recent speech, a BJP lawmaker from Ballia claimed that India would become a Hindu nation by 2024. The lawmaker went on to say that religious minorities who do not assimilate to Hindu culture should take asylum in any other country. India’s current national government is led by the BJP party, which has its ideological roots based in Hindu nationalism. Hindu nationalist rhetoric is often employed by BJP politicians to rally their Hindu base. Unfortunately, this rhetoric also insights violence against religious minority communities often perpetrated by the numerous Hindu radical organization operating with near impunity across India. 

01/17/2018 India (Firstpost) – In a controversial remark, a BJP MLA from Ballia has said that once India becomes a “Hindu rashtra”, only those Muslims will stay in the country who assimilate into the Hindu culture.

“There are a very few Muslims who are patriotic. Once India becomes a Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation), Muslims who assimilate into our culture will stay in India. Those who will not are free to take asylum in any other country,” Bairia MLA Surendra Singh told reporters on Saturday night.

He also claimed that by 2024, India would become a Hindu nation.

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “avatar purush” (reincarnation of a deity), Singh said, “As the RSS completes 100 years in 2025, by 2024, India will become a Hindu rashtra. By the grace of god, India is going to be a global superpower thanks to the leadership of Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Not only will India become a ‘vishwa guru’, it will also become a Hindu rashtra by 2024.”

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