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Indore: Tribals in the country are basically Hindus and there was no ifs and buts about it, though some people were trying to spread confusion, a senior RSS functionary said in Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.

Prakash Shastri of the RSS’ Malwa region, consisting of Indore-Ujjain division in MP, also told reporters during a press meet here that the demand raised recently in Jharkhand to have a separate religion code for tribals in the next Census was totally unjustified.

“Tribal persons are basically Hindus. No question arises of any ifs or buts. Some people are spreading confusion about the basic religion of tribal persons and there is a need to clear this confusion. It is the duty of the common people to clear this confusion,” the senior RSS functionary said.

The Malwa region, which Shastri represents in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has a large tribal population.

Speaking on other issues, Shastri, who recently returned from Bengaluru after taking part in the RSS Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, said the organization in the days to come will focus on spreading social harmony, village development, environment, enlighten people on the issue of harmful effects of chemical fertilizers in agriculture etc.

Also read: What analysts and opposition don’t realise — A new RSS is emerging on the ground


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  1. Both under the British rule and under independent India mostly driven by Nehruvian ideology, relentless attempt has been made to divide Hindu society. Sikhs are not Hindus. Jains are not Hindus. Buddhists are not Hindus. Dalits are not Hindus. Tribals are not Hindus. This kind of invidious attack on the integrity of Hindu society must stop. Recently, I read in The Print, some intellectual claiming that some lazy British census officer marked the Tribals as Hindus.

    Hindu society is the foundation on which India stands. Divide Hindu society, these vicious forces will be balkanizing India. West does not want a big strong India. West, China would rather have India broken into small regions, play one region against the other and swallow piece by piece much as the British did.

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