19 February 2018

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12/16/2014 INDIA

Christmas reconversions, police in Uttar Pradesh "will stop Hindu radicals"

Security force would take "strict actions" against the organisers. The paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) planned to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families next 25th December.

New Delhi (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state have said they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony of thousands of Muslims and Christians on Christmas Day. Mohit Agarwal, senior police official in Aligarh town where the ceremony is planned, said "strict action" would be taken against the organisers.

Last week the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical hindu paramilitary group, has promised to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families to Hinduism next 25th December. Militants called the plan Ghar wapsi, "returning home", and on 12th December launched a fundraising to pay it.

The Hindu hardline group Bajrang Dal has threatened to hold street protests if they are not allowed to go ahead with the ceremony and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath has said he plans to attend it.

BJP is the ultra-nationalist hindu party, in power in central government of India since last 16th May. Critics say its victory at the election gave more self-assurance to these radical outfits, deemed "close" to the party.

For several months, the RSS has led several Ghar wapsi ceremonies to bring people to reconvert (or "come home") to Hinduism. The last one, in Agra, involved about 300 Muslims, all very poor migrants of Bangladeshi origin.

Many "converts" later said that they had no clue as to what was happening to them, but they went through with it because they got food and financial aid.





See also

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16/05/2015 INDIA
Chhattisgarh: government official forbids missionaries to be called "father"
In schools administered by them, the priests of the district of Mahasamund will be called "Pracharya", "Sir". Bishop of Ranchi to AsiaNews: "Unconstitutional abuse of power ".

17/12/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."

28/08/2017 09:16:00 INDIA
Karnataka, Pentecostal Christian accused of forced conversions

Dorairaj is 63 and resides in the village of Kollamogru-Kalmakaru. A group of about 20 people surrounded and searched. The Christian had already been indicted in the past. Perhaps targeted by the Hindus because a convert.

04/11/2010 INDIA
Nationalism and fanaticism the biggest challenges in India
The Congress Party identifies extreme nationalism, fanaticism and excessive claims of autonomy the greatest dangers that India is facing today. Father Prakash: The government should promote religious tolerance.

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