India may witness another partition in 2047: Minister

BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Sunday kicked up row when he commented that India may have to witness another partition in 2047 due to its growing population.

While the country might have witnessed a partition in 1947 on the basis of religion, the problem would arise in the future as the population has gone up from 33 crore to 135.7 crore in 72 years, the Union Minister opined. Without naming a sect or a community, the BJP leader wrote on his Twitter handle that the explosion divisive forces is dreadful to image in the days to come.

Referring to the ongoing controversy over article 35A of the Indian Constitution, which renders special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Giriraj Singh predicted that similar situation might happen in 2047. He said the population has gone up from 33 crores to 135 crores in the last 73 years. At present there is severe uproar over discussion on Article 35A and it will become impossible to even mention about Bharat in the times to come, he said.

During an interview with a news channel, the Union Minister said that increasing population is a big issue in India and there should be debate over the issue from street to Parliament (sadak to sansad). He also stressed the need for a debate on definition of minorities. He further opined that if strict laws are not made on population control then the country is going to suffer.