Is population jihad fact or fiction? Watch this 3-minute fact-check by Sreenivasan Jain

Debunking a Hindutva conspiracy theory after PM Modi’s remarks on ‘infiltrators’ with ‘more children’.

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PM Narendra Modi’s claims that the Congress wants to redistribute private wealth among those with “more children” and “infiltrators” have triggered a political war of words between the Opposition and the BJP.

Such references to the Muslim community have often found space in the Hindutva conspiracy theory of “population jihad” – one of many about how the country’s largest religious minority is unrelenting in its “planned campaign” to turn India into an Islamic state and seize its resources. And there has been little journalistic scrutiny to such claims, which aren’t just amplified by right-wing politicians but have increasingly found their way to mainstream news in recent years.

In their recent book, Love Jihad and Other Fictions, co-authors Sreenivasan Jain, Mariyam Alavi and Supriya Sharma had questioned several such theories.

What about “population jihad”? Is it fact or fiction? Watch senior journalist Sreenivasan Jain offer a complete answer in around three minutes.

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