Factcheck: Fake news alert: Harish Salve has not warned of civil war

The message warns of civil war if Population Control Bill, CAA, etc. are passed in the Rajya Sabha. The message claims that in 73 years of independence, the population of Muslims in India has increased from 30 million to 300 million.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  23 April 2022 3:56 PM GMT
Factcheck: Fake news alert: Harish Salve has not warned of civil war

Hyderabad: A message attributed to senior Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve is being widely shared on social media.

The message warns of civil war if Population Control Bill, CAA, etc. are passed in the Rajya Sabha. The message claims that in 73 years of independence, the population of Muslims in India has increased from 30 million to 300 million.

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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

We found reports of Harish Salve speaking to the media and sharing his opinions on Citizenship Amendment Act. He said: "I fail to understand how a law which is designed to confer the benefit on an identified class of persons, and which identification is based on a rational criterion, can be condemned as being discriminatory on the ground that the legislation could have created a wider class (sic)."

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/fail-to-understand-why-citizenship-act-is-discriminatory-harish-salve-5005671.html

However, we could not find any reports of him speaking on the population control bill. If indeed Harish Salve had issued any such statement, the media would have reported it. However, we could not find any such reports.

In 2019, Rakesh Sinha, BJP MP, introduced a private bill named the Population Regulation bill, seeking to enforce a two-child rule with penal provisions for violations. However, during the recent parliament session, he withdrew the bill following the Union Health Minister's intervention.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/health-minister-says-no-to-bjp-mps-bill-on-population-control-7848741/lite/

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that instead of using force, the government had successfully used awareness and health campaigns to achieve population control.

Further, no reports are stating that the Government is planning to introduce any legislation for population control in near future.

Further, going by the census of India 2011, the total Muslim population of the county stands at 17.22 crores, which is 14.2% of India's population and the next census enumeration is currently underway. Thus the official count of the total population of Muslims in India stands at 17.22 crores.

https://www.census2011.co.in/religion.php

A report released in 2015 by US-based Pew Research Center, predicted the total population of Muslims in India by 2050 will be 311 million and the Hindu population 1.3 billion. As per the report, there are 213 million Muslims in 2020.

https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2015/04/02/religious-projection-table/

https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2021/09/21/population-growth-and-religious-composition/

The claims made in the post are mere speculations. Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Alert message issued by senior lawyer Harish Salve in anticipation of a civil war in the country.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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