28 February, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 11/09/2011
INDIA
VHP leader calls for decapitation of those who convert Hindus to Christianity
Praveen Togadia, secretary general of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has called for a new constitution. “Such attempts fuel social tensions for the sake of political and economic power,” says Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Praveen Togadia, secretary general of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu extremist group, has called for the death penalty by decapitation for anyone who tries to convert Hindus to other religions. He made the demand when he addressed the Akhil Bharatiya Dharmaprasar Karykarta Sammelan, a three-day event in Ahmadabad, in which he also called for changes to the Indian constitution.

“What Togadia has said is nothing new,” said Fr Cedric Prakash, a Jesuit and director of Prashant, the Ahmadabad-based Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace. “His words are against the spirit and the freedom enshrined in the Constitution of India, which guarantees every citizen the right to preach, practise and propagate his/her religion and for that matter choose his/her religion”.

Togadia’s “hate propaganda has so often resulted in considerable violence against India’s Muslim, Christian, and Dalit minorities,” said Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC)

“Violence and other abuses against marginalised groups in India are part of a concerted campaign of these Hinduvta organizations—whose leadership is dominated by upper-caste Hindus—to promote and exploit communal tensions in order to retain political and economic power,” he explained.

Togadia “has long been in favour of discriminatory measures against other religions. He has long been advocating anti-conversion legislation in all states to curb conversion from Hinduism to Christianity,” George said.

Togadia, George added, has began to distribute systematically ‘Trishuls’, warning brochures that, using clever rhetoric, tell Hindus to ‘beware’ of the imminent danger and get ready for violence. For the GCIC president, trishuls are “a brazen attempt to militarise society under the garb of a religious programme.”

Recently, “Togadia opposed the ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence’, a bill drafted by the National Advisory Council (NAC) chaired by Sonia Gandhi, which, if enacted, would, in Togadia’s words, ‘oppress’ Hindus, and reduce them to second class citizens by making them into a criminal tribe”, Sajan K George explained. (NC)

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/21/2015 INDIA
A national anti-conversion law to "save" India's Hindus
by Nirmala Carvalho
08/24/2004 INDIA
Priest seriously injured in attack against Catholic Church
09/29/2008 INDIA
Orissa: More Christian homes set on fire, three bodies fished out of river
by Nirmala Carvalho
03/16/2006 india
Some 500 Tribal Christians "reconverted"
by Nirmala Carvalho
06/09/2005 INDIA
India: the BJP turns down Advani's resignation

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.