Hinduism and Overpopulation



by Sulaiman Razvi

India is the second most populated nation after China with 1.2 Billion people. Hinduism encourages begetting several sons. Hindus started propaganda against Indian Muslim community, one of them being the population explosion. According to Hindus, Muslims would soon become majority in India. The joke is on you if you believe 14% population would become majority couple of years. I fail to understand why Hindus are so scared of becoming minority? Aren’t Hindus living as minority in Muslim majority countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE and Bangladesh without facing any sort of discrimination which non Hindus face in India? Are they scared that once the become minority they would be treated the same way they treat minorities and Dalits presently in India? On the one hand they spread fear mongering that Muslims would soon become majority but on the other hand they are indulged in changing demographics of states which sizeable Muslim population. Muslims were once a majority community in Jammu and were reduced to minority via ethnic cleansing in Jammu massacre by Kashmiri Hindus more particularly by the Dogra Hindus. Attempts are made to change demographics of Muslim majority Kashmir and same is happening with states like Bengal and Assam which has 30% each Muslim population, these states were excluded from Inner Line Permit which means Hindus coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan would not be settled in any North-Eastern states of India but in these two states Bengal and Assam. It was decided that people with more than 2 children would not get government jobs in Assam, this was cleverly implemented as Hindus as Total Fertility Rate less than 2 in Assam while Muslims have higher than 2. But such law was not implemented in states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasathan… where Hindu fertility rate is higher than 2. Assam Chief Minister from BJP Hemanta Biswa specifically appealed to the Muslim immigrants to adopt family planning. Two Child norm has been implemented in Assam and people with more than 2 children will not be able to avail some government benefits, but this law is not applicable to some Hindu classes such as SC, ST and the Tea tribe. He says he want upliftment Muslims from poverty by implementing the two child policy norm.Family planning has been a issue since independence but Hindutvadis want to implement two child policy norm in states which has Hindu TFR less than national average, two child policy would probably be implemented when Hindu TFR falls below 2.

Without wasting anymore time let’s see what Hindu scriptures says about population control. It is mentioned in RigVed,

Rig Veda 10.85.45 O Bounteous Indra, make this bride blest in her sons and fortunate. Vouchsafe to her ten sons, and make her husband the eleventh man.

Rig Veda 3.24.5 Grant, Agni, to the worshipper wealth rich in heroes, plenteous store, Make thou us rich with many sons.


It is mentioned in Grihya Sutra,

Sankhayana Grihya Sutra 1.19.6 ‘Give birth to a male child; may after him (another) male be born; their mother shalt thou be, of the born, and (to others) mayst thou give birth…

It is mentioned in Upanishad,

Khandogya Upanishad, 1 Prapathaka, Kanda 5, verse 4. ‘Him I sang praises to, therefore art thou my only son,’ thus said Kaushitaki to his son. ‘Do thou therefore sing praises to the breath as manifold, if thou wishest to have many sons.’

It is mentioned in the Purana that Hindu god Krishna had ten sons from each wife,

Srimad Bhagvatam (Bhagvat Purana) 10.61.1 Sukadeva Gosvami said: Each of Lord Kṛiṣhṇa’s wives gave birth to ten sons, who were not less than their father, having all His personal opulence.

Swami Prabhupada writes on this verse,

”Lord Kṛṣṇa had 16,108 wives, and thus this verse indicates that the Lord begot 161,080 sons” He also writes on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.19


He wrote,

”…The birth of a human being is a great science, and therefore reformation of the act of impregnation according to the Vedic ritual called Garbhādhāna-samskāra is very important for generating good population. The problem is not to check the growth of the population, but to generate good population on the level of Vidura, Vyāsa and Maitreya. There is no need to check the growth of population if the children are born as human beings with all precautions regarding their birth. So-called birth control is not only vicious but also useless.” A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.19

He also wrote,

“…In every state all over the world, such activities are encouraged by the government in the form of birth control. Women are supplied pills, and they are allowed to go to a clinical laboratory to get assistance for abortions. This is going on as a result of sense gratification. Actually sex life is meant for begetting a good child, but because people have no control over the senses and there is no institution to train them to control the senses, the poor fellows fall victim to the criminal offenses of sense gratification, and they are punished after death as described in these pages of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.” A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.30.21


Shankaracharya Vasudevananda Saraswati of Badrikashram tells Hindu women to produce 10 children.

Hindu religious and political leader Sakshi Maharaj asks Hindu women to produce 4 children.

‘Hindus should beget four children till Uniform Civil Code is implemented’, says senior priest Swami Govindadev Giriji Maharaj of Bharat Mata Mandir in Haridwar

Sadhvi Prachi says asked Hindus to have 4 children, not 40 puppies


How the Gita Press opposed birth control to shore up the Hindu population

To save religion, Hindus should follow ‘we 2, our 8’ policy: religious guru Swami Prabodhananda Giri

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur appeals Hindus to have more children, says she will take care of them.


Now, Saffron leaders ask Hindus to have 10 kids to ensure survival of religion
seer Ramanandacharya Raghvachrya said Hindus were facing threat across the world. “Lord Krishna had 16,108 wives and he had 10 children from each of them. The world will be ruled by those who have maximum population. Lord Ram too had asked his brother Bharat to have more sons for protection of the religion“

Slogan of ‘hum do, hamare do’ will not work. Each Hindu family should have at least eight children,” said Kanhaiyya Das, a top priest from Ayodhya.

Couple hands over 13th girl
Kamli gave her 13th daughter to the Devarakonda Shishu Vihar.

One son, 13 daughters and counting — all for another boy
Kanu confesses that her body is now unable to bear the stress of pregnancies.

Every Hindu family with five children will get Rs 2 lakh: Shiv Sena
Each family that has five kids between 2010 to 2015 will get Rs 2 lakh.

Produce more children, RSS tells Hindu couples

Make it 5 kids: BJP leader Shyamal Goswami from West Bengal to Hindu women



At the same time, there are also demands by leaders like Giriraj Singh and Baba Ramdev to implement two-child policy. Confusing, isn’t it? Let me explain it to you. Firstly one needs to question them why there’s a demand for 2 child policy and not 1 child policy?

How much a community reproduces is reflected in the fertility rate. The fertility rate of Muslims is 2.6 while that of Hindus is 2.1. Hindu religious and political leaders are exhorting Hindus to have more babies so that their population may increase, they hope that Hindus will produce more babies if they urge Hindus to have more babies, whereas there are also leaders like Giriraj and Ramdev who don’t see the possibility of Hindus having more babies, hence they want to implement 2 child policy as Hindus are already producing 2.1 children on average. So basically 2 child policy won’t affect them and only Muslims would be affected with the implementation. Event was held in Delhi on world population day attended by Hindu leaders and made inflammatory speeches against Muslims, Giriraj Singh said that “to tackle declining population of Hindus and to stop the increasing population of Non-Hindus we need a law.” From his statement, one can easily understand that he wants two-child policy because he is hopeless about Hindus producing more babies.

The day when Hindu fertility rate falls below 1.0 then demand for 1 child policy will grow. Hindu fanatics want others to produce less babies than them, they want others to eat what Hindus wants them to eat, they want others to learn what Hindus wants to teach them, in short, they are enforcing their religion on non-Hindus.

Hindu population in several Arab countries are going to more than double by 2050, imagine if Muslims harass Hindus there like Hindus are unnecessarily harassing Muslims using the bogus myth of Muslim population explosion. As per PEW Research, Hindu population in Muslim majority Middle East and North Africa is going to double.

Now let’s come to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Hindu population is consistently increasing in Bangladesh 1, 2 and Pakistan 1, 2 whereas Hindu fanatics in India are busy peddling fake data of declining Hindu population in Pakistan and Bangladesh. As per Newslaundry Hindus in Pakistan were 1.3% in 1951 after mass migration which increased to 1.85% in 1998 as per Pakistan Government Census, as per official census Hindu population in Pakistan in the year 1951 was 1.6%. According to the 1961 census, the non-Muslim population was recorded at 2.83%. A decade later in 1972, the census recorded non-Muslim population at 3.25% of the total population. That means, it increased by 0.42%. In the 1981 census, the non-Muslim population was 3.30%. In the next census carried out in 1998, it was recorded as 3.70% of the total population. Population after the mass migration should be taken into consideration not post Independence survey. The second wave of mass migration happened in Bangladesh after the 1971 Liberation war. There were approx 33% Muslims in Delhi, 57% in Punjab, 67% in Jammu (before Jammu massacre). Using these figures one cannot say that Muslim population has been reduced to 14%.


Abortion is clearly prohibited in Hinduism,

Garuda Purana 1.105.48 “Willful abortion and hatred of the husband are great sins in women without any expiation. Hence, she shall be shunned from a distance.” Tr. Board of Scholars, edited by J.L. Shastri

Parasara Smriti 4.20 What sin is incurred in killing a Brahman, abortion causes a sin twice as great; there is no atonement for that sin. The abandonment of such a woman has been ordained by law.

Gautama Dharma Shastra 21.9. A woman becomes an outcast by procuring abortion, by connection with a (man of) lower (caste) and (the like heinous crimes).

Vasistha Samhita 28.7. Those versed in the sacred law state that there are three acts (only) which make women outcasts, (viz.) the murder of the husband, slaying a learned Brâhmana, and the destruction of the fruit of their womb.


Now a days Hindus are mocking Muslims of having ten children which isn’t true, after reading this will they still criticize Muslims with such taunt? Maharishi Manu also had ten sons,

Vishnu Purana 3.2 …and the ten sons of the Manu will be Sukshetra, Uttarnaujas, Harisheńa, and others.


It is mentioned in Devi Bhagvatam

Devi Bhagvatam 8.4.1-4 The Risi Narayana said :– The eldest son of Svayambhuva, Priyavrata served always his father and was very truthful. He married the daughter of the Prajâpati Vis’va Karma…He begat ten sons, very spiritual and well qualified and one daughter named Ûrjasvatî….

It is mentioned in Mahabharata,

Mahabharata 1.115 “Vaisampayana said, ‘Meanwhile, O Janamejaya, Dhritarashtra begat upon Gandhari a hundred sons, and upon a Vaisya wife another besides those hundred. And Pandu had, by his two wives Kunti and Madri, five sons who were great charioteers and who were all begotten by the celestials for the perpetuation of the Kuru line.’

Hindu god Shiva had eight children, Ganesha, Jalandhar, Kartikey, Ashok Sundari, Ayappa, Andhaka, Manasa, and Jyoti. So its not other religion but Hinduism which encourages couple to have more children. Hinduism considers women as a child production machine,

Mahabharata 5.39.67 “The fruits of the Vedas are ceremonies performed before the (homa) fire; the fruits of an acquaintance with the scriptures are goodness of disposition and conduct. The fruits of women are the pleasures of intercourse and offspring.” Tr. K.M. Ganguli

Narada Smriti 12.19 Women have been created for the sake of propagation, the wife being the field, and the husband the giver of the seed. The field must be given to him who has seed. He who has no seed is unworthy to possess the field.

Skanda Purana V.iii.103.9-16 “[Atri said]…It is cited by expounders of the Vedas that a woman is one who gives sexual pleasure and a son…” Tr. G.V. Tagare


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