India Must Be A Formal Homeland For Hindus Rather Than A Hindu Rashtra

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Clearly, Ambedkar was wrong in presuming that Hindus in East Bengal, the North-West Frontier Province, Sind and Baluchistan will be safe in those places, when history has proved otherwise. He was also wrong to presume that the transfer of populations in Punjab would be smooth. It turned out to be the bloodiest of them all.

In the east, the exodus of Hindus from Bangladesh has never stopped since 1947, and the trickle from Pakistan is relatively small only because the borders are less porous in the west than with Bangladesh.

The arrival of Baldev Kumar seeking asylum, and hundreds of other Pakistani Hindus who now live in camps in Rajasthan and Delhi, tells us two things:

One, Hindus will, if given half a chance, move out of Pakistan and Bangladesh if the state facilitated it.

Two, the Muslims of India show no signs of wanting to migrate to a Muslim-majority country, either Pakistan of Bangladesh.

The one-sided ethnic cleansing of Hindus from two neighbouring Muslim-majority states is a fact — and will become a complete reality sooner than later. It is almost over in Pakistan, and in Bangladesh this could happen over the next three decades.

India cannot any longer pretend to be neutral about which religious groups it must help out. It is the persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists of Indic origin. This must be hard-coded into our constitution as a special duty of a Hindu-majority state, and not merely left to devices like the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

India needs to become the ultimate homeland for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists of Indic origin (meaning, it can exclude Buddhists from existing Buddhist majority countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, etc.). We need to become a Hindu Homeland rather than a Hindu Rashtra.

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