Religious intolerance on rise in India –

“India a Hindu Nation” – recent comment by RSS Chief is out of line with Indian culture which has stood up so long for religious and social plurality and harmony.

Hope for religious harmony is in danger of crumbling and no steps are being taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modito stop the divisive agenda of his aggressive Hindu nationalist supporters and not allowing India to concentrate on the important task of economic reform, and the blame lies completely with Mr. Modi having authority to lead nation to new heights.

During the last couple of days of its winter session , Parliament was unable to preoceed ahead with important legislative business , the reason being repeated adjournments and massive uproar over attempts by variious Hindu groups to convert Christians and Muslims. The issue has started to a head following a “homecoming” aka “Ghar Wapsi” campaign by the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad — groups dedicatedly working to transform India’s secular democracy image into a Hindu state — to “reconvert” Christians and Muslims to Hinduism.

Sakshi Maharaj
Sakshi Maharaj asking for 4 children

In recent weeks, so called Hindu sympathizers have started conversions of Muslims and Christians in Agra and in other states of India terming it as ‘Ghar Wapasi’. Police are investigating and accusations that people have been hugely induced to participate in conversion meetings by combining intimidation and bribery, including the promise of employment and food ration cards. Various attacks on Christians and churches have intensified in past few weeks.

Recent comments from right wing hardliners –

Yogi Adityanath – Will install Gauri-Ganesh in every mosque
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat – India a Hindu Nation

Advice to Mr. Modi –

Almost more than 80 percent of Indians are Hindus, but other religions including Muslims, Christians and Sikhs also stand equally with India as Hindus do , with centuries of history in India. Since, Religious pluralism and freedom are protected by Indian law and her Constitution. The phenomenon of religious conversion is contentious in India. Many poor Dalits, known formerly as untouchables, and various other low caste Hindus and tribals openly admit they got converted to Islam and Christianity primarily to be free from caste prejudice and oppression in Hindu society. The father of the Indian constitution, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, born as a Dalit, famously himself converted to Buddhism and proved a major embarrassment for caste laden Hinduism.

As most opposition political leaders are demanding, Mr. Modi have to break his silence on this important issue and make a stern warning to emboldened so-called pseudo Hindu nationalists before their actions further pose threat on economic reform within the country.

Author: indianswaraj