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The Christmas of Hindu radicals: We will reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical paramilitary group, is planning "the greatest return home ever happened". "A trick to hide their violence, in view of State elections 2016," said a priest.
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - The Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical hindu
paramilitary group, plans to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families
to Hinduism next 25th of December, in Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh). Militants
call it the "Ghar Whapsi" (returning home) programme, and claim it will be "the
greatest ever happened". If it will really happen, it would be the
fourth case in less than three months, always in Uttar Pradesh.
Personalities from Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP), the Central government ruling Hindu ultra-nationalist party,
will attend the event.
Father Francis Arackal, a Dominican
priest and head of the department of Communication at St. Joseph's College (Bangalore),
downplayed the event. "The RSS which claims to be upholding the culture of
India and Hinduism hasn't really understood the essence of Indian culture and
the essence of the Hindu religion. No wonder they are doing the cheap
conversions," he said.
was chosen because it's time we wrest the Hindu city from Muslims. It is a city
of brave Rajputs and their temples on whose remains Muslim institutions have
been established," said RSS regional pracharak Rajeshwar Singh.
was chosen as the day for conversion because the event is a shakti pariksha (test of strength) for both
religions," said Singh. "If their religion is better, they can stop them.
It is a test for both of us. If they come to us on Christmas, it is the biggest
rejection of the faith."
priest "the proposed reconversion drive by RSS is being planned as a conspiracy
politics keeping in mind the State Assembly elections which is due in Uttar
Pradesh in 2016 as 'diverting attention trick'. The other intention is to hide
all the wrong doings and criminalizing politics and communal violence in India."
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