Official website of IIOJK declares Jammu and Kashmir a Hindu majority region » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 11 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a government website has declared the territory as a Hindu majority region.

A report carried by Turkish Anadolu Agency says at a time when fears of a demographic invasion are running rife in IIOJK, a government website has declared the conflict-ridden Muslim majority region a Hindu majority.

In this regard, the InvestJK website, run by the Industries and Commerce Department, describes under its heading on Temples that, “be it Kashmir or Jammu, the population is predominantly Hindu.” It further reads, “This explains the presence of a number of temples in the state, surrounded by lakes, rivers, snow and alpines”.

Pertinently, as per Indian census data, however, only four districts of IIOJK are Hindu majority, with the rest Muslim majority. While the Kashmir Valley is nearly entirely Muslim, 6 of the 10 districts of Jammu have Muslim-majority populations, although Hindus are the majority in the province when considered as a whole. The census of IIOJK last held in 2011 says Muslims represent 68.31% of the population and Hindus 28.44%, the rest being other minorities like Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and Jains.

The InvestJK website has showcased the region to investors under three headings: Places to Visit, Temples, and Hill Station. Under Places to Visit are the three famous lakes of the Kashmir Valley and two in Jammu. The Temples section describes in detail four Hindu shrines, two each in Kashmir and Jammu, while the Hill Station section has two famous hill tourist resorts from Kashmir and one from Jammu.

Incorrect population figures and failure to name any of the hundreds of Muslim religious places in the Kashmir Valley have evoked sharp criticism. In this regard, Sheikh Ashiq, president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “How does describing the population of a region in religious terms matter to a prospective investor unless some ulterior motive is behind doing so? And how can you mislead an investor with completely false facts? Would he not find out which group is in the majority once he invests here if at all he decides to invest in the first place?”

Reacting to the development, Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a former professor of law, author and columnist, said this demographic description on a government website was not innocent. He added, this shows the RSS mindset that desires the erasure of Muslims has percolated to government institutions.

NC senior leader, Hassnain Masoodi, in his response said that the Muslim-majority character of the region was even celebrated by Indian leaders, adding, that one cannot rule out a hidden agenda behind this falsification of the facts.

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