Almost all of us are descendants of Hindus: Assam CM Himanta Biswa; backs 'Love Jihad' law
Asserting that Hindutva is a way of life, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that adherents of most religions are descendants of Hindus.
"Hindutva is a way of life. How can I or anybody stop it? It has been flowing through the ages. Almost all of us are descendants of Hindus. A Christian or a Muslim has also descended from Hindus at some point in time," PTI quoted Sarma as saying on Saturday.
He further stressed that the Hindutva began 5,000 years ago and it cannot be stopped.
While addressing a press conference organised to mark the completion of the second month of his government in the state, the BJP leader said Hindutva cannot be "removed" as it will mean "moving away from one's roots and motherland".
Assam CM backs 'Love Jihad' law
Backing the law against 'Love Jihad' to check the menace of men marrying women by concealing their religious identity and other information, the Assman chief minister said he has reservations for the term but asserted that nobody will be allowed to cheat a woman.
"The government will not tolerate any woman being cheated by anyone - whether Hindu or Muslim. Appropriate action will be taken against such offenders to ensure the safety and security of our sisters," he said.
"A Hindu boy lying to a girl of the same religion is also Jihad. We will bring a law against it," he added. 'Love Jihad' is a term used by right-wing groups to target relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women, which, they say, is a ruse to forcibly convert women.