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December 18, 2014 / subramanyam

The Chaos around Conversions


The recent incident in Agra where 200 people were converted to Hinduism created enough debates and ruckus both inside and outside the Indian Parliament.  The left parties and the people who call themselves as the true upholders of secularism have been vociferous in their criticism of this incident.  They went on to accuse the RSS & the BJP for disrupting communal harmony.  They attacked the government on all fronts, said that the government was polarizing the people of the country, used harshest of the words , raised hue and cry and made sure that their voice was heard.

As a person who was brought up in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh,  I have seen many conversions happen first hand.  Most of times it was Hindus who were converted into Christianity or occasionally to Islam.  However, I have never heard the left parties or the self-styled secularists bothered  with this.  We have never heard them raise their voice in this regard.  Even if they did raise it, it was never at the scale they did now.  My fundamental doubt, don’t these guys have any problems when Hindu’s are converted to other faiths?  Are they bothered only when some one else comes back to the fold of Sanatana Dharma ?

While all these people raised a hue and cry on the issue, why did they back out when there was a proposal for an anti conversion bill? Well, we all know the reason why they backed out don’t we ?

Shri Venkayya Naidu in his capacity as the minister  replied to this debate in the parliament.  He in his reply gave befitting reply to the double standards of some of the parties.  He quoted Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Purushottam Das Tandon, Shri Sarvepalli RadhaKrishnan and other leaders and their views on conversions. He tried to put before the house as to how all these leaders were against religious conversions.  I liked his speech . Here are the videos of that speech .  He starts of in Hindi but after 2 mins or so he switches to English.

 

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