Allahabad, Jan 19: After BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, the list of Hindu religious leaders asking Hindu women to have more children is getting bigger each day. The Shankaracharya of Badrikashram, Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati is the latest leader who said that Hindus should have at least 10 children.
"Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minister because of the unity of Hindus. To maintain their majority, every Hindu family should produce 10 kids," Vasudevanand was quoted as saying in a DNA report.
He also justified the 'ghar wapsi' and said that "it is from the Hindu religion only Christianity, Islam and Sikhs have originated."
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj had started this issue by asking Hindu women to have at least four children sparking condemnation from the opposition which alleged that the ruling party was trying to polarise the atmosphere.
BJP on its part distanced itself from the remarks of Maharaj and urged its workers and public representatives to refrain from making such comments. "We have accepted the slogan 'Hum do, hamara ek'. Now these traitors are not satisfied. They have given another slogan 'Hum do aur hamara.... They are advocating marriage of a girl to a girl, boy to another boy. This is what the last government did.
"This is why I... want to request women to give birth to at least four children. Give one to sadhus and ascetics. Media says there are ceasefire violations happening, so send another to the border," the MP from Unnao said at a religious convention in Meerut.
BJP may have distanced itself from the party MP Sakshi Maharaj's remark that Hindu women should have four children, but VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi has come out in support of his view.
"Earlier we used to say 'hum do hamare do'. But now we have started saying that 'sher ka bachcha ek hi achha' (for a lion, one offspring is enough). This is wrong," Prachi, who was arrested in 2013 in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots for alleged hate speeches, said at a gathering.