By Amitabh Pant MishraIANS via ReutersIANS| April 09, 2020 13:34:57India’s ‘Indian’ religion is the “Jain” religion, and a majority of people are adherents of this Hindu religion, a professor said in an interview with the BBC’s World Service.
The professor is a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India’s leading secular research institution, who also holds a post in the Ministry of Information Technology and Society.
Professor Pradeep Jain, who heads the department of Hindu studies, told the BBC that people of Indian origin are part of this religion.
He said this religion has a very large and rich history.
Jain, a former president of the International Hindu Council of India (IHCEI), has a doctorate in history and is a member of the National Council of Hinduism (NCH), a political party.
“We have been told this religion is Hindu, but I don’t think that is the case,” he said.
“Hinduism is not the only religion, but it is the predominant religion in the country.
I have no doubts about the fact that this religion exists in India.”IHCA and NCH are the main political parties in India, and both are closely linked with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
They are not affiliated with any religious organisation.
Jains remarks come a day after BJP’s vice-president in the Narendra Modi-led government, Rajnath Singh, said the country’s current ruling coalition government has “a huge Hindu identity”.
“India’s constitution recognises the Hindu identity of our country,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
“It also recognises that in our country there are a lot of Hindu people.
The Hindu religion is our religion, too.”
The BJP has promised to make India more “Hindutva” in 2019, when the country holds a parliamentary election, after which it will set up a national council to revive the countrys traditional Hindu faith.