1. Conversion row: Muslims, Christians in India were Hindus, says VHP’s Pravin Togadia

Conversion row: Muslims, Christians in India were Hindus, says VHP’s Pravin Togadia

if someone wants to return to the Hindu society, the Hindus should accept him whole heartedly, says Pravin Togadia

By: | Ahmedabad | Updated: December 22, 2014 8:48 AM

Adding fuel to fire in the recent conversion-row, working president of right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Pravin Togadia said ancestors of Indian Muslims and Christians were Hindus.

“The ancestors of Indian Muslims were Hindus. The ancestors of Christians were Hindu too. History says that many people converted to Islam due to atrocities and by the force of the swords of Moghul emperors,” Togadia said last night at the golden jubilee celebration of VHP at Bhavnagar town in Gujarat.

“At present, in this India, there is no atrocity or force on Hindus. In such a situation, if someone wants to return to the Hindu society, the Hindus should accept him whole heartedly,” added Togadia.

A controversy erupted after a right wing group ‘Dharma Jagran Manch’ had organised a reconversion ceremony naming it as ‘Ghar-wapasi’ (home-coming) and had allegedly converted about 100 people, mostly poor Muslim slum dwellers, through a ritual carried out by the Hindu organisation on December 8 in Agra of Uttar Pradesh.

BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath had also justified the act of the Hindu organisation and said that it is an ongoing process and will continue to happen.

Adityanath also batted for a strong anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh on the lines of legislation adopted by several states.

This created ruckus in both houses of the Parliament as the Opposition demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the alleged conversion.

The main accused and convener of the organisation in Uttar Pradesh, Nand Kishore Balmiki was arrested yesterday by Agra police.

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  1. K
    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:53 pm
    Faith is embeded in heart and mind. Flowers, fire, words are oral and physical presumtions. In Hinduism no one can be converted to high caste BRAHMIN, they are converted as low cast SHUDRAS AS per MMRITI: The tongue of Shudra who spoke evil about Brahmin should be cut off (Apastamba Dharma Sutra II/10-26. Those who are with stinking conduct they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog or the womb of a swine or womb of Shudra (Chandogya Upanishad 5-10-7) Shudras must be prohibited from hearing, studying Vedas (Brahma Sutras More on google Why Dr.Ambedkar burnt Mmriti. Due to Brahmins discrimination of Shudra Hindus converted from, 850Bc to Jainism, from 500Bc to Budhism. Budhism was born in India but stamped out of India by Brahmins. Due to this discrimination Hinduism was confined to India only. In Asia from SriLanka to an there are more Budhists than Hindus.
    1. I
      Dec 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm
      i have the right to follow the religion that i have belief in not by the force of some fanatic group . Hence stop making such stupid comments or forced conversion. let us all live in peace respecting each other religion.
      1. F
        Dec 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm
        In India Islam is expand by Khwaja Saheb..Not by the sword of mughal emperor. People said to khwaja saheb we want become like you..by the good character of khwaja Saheb.. Islam is the religion for humanity ..Islam for peace alhamdulillah..
        1. Kapil Dev
          Dec 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm
          The word Hindu refers to the original inhabitants of ancient (H)Indus valley Civilization. ‘Hinduš’ was Old Persian name of the’ Indus River’, cognate with Sanskrit word ‘Sindhu’. By about 2nd - 1st century BCE, the term "Hein-tu" was used by Chinese, for referring to Indian people. The Persian term was loaned into Arabic as ‘al-Hind’ referring to the land of the people who live across river ‘Indus’, and into Greek as ‘Indos’, whence ultimately English word ‘India’. Thus the word ‘India’ itself is cognate with the word ‘Hindu’.

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