Sangh needs to sort priorities
Very unfortunately for India, the development plank is being repudiated and replaced by a conversion campaign. Or, at least, the government’s development agenda is being hijacked by the hotheads in the Sangh parivar. Perhaps at the end of the tenure of the government, the BJP will show the figures of the converts into the Hindu-fold rather than the number of people brought above BPL. The VHP holds that ghar vapsi (home-coming) complements development, thereby hinting BJP’s tacit support for its programme. Further, it speaks of how ‘burqa-clad Muslim girls with limited education’ and ‘boys who become terrorists in madrassas’ stand to benefit from ghar vapsi. But the national statistics on education and the indoctrination at RSS shakhas speak for themselves and nail the lie. The low human development indices are across religions among the lower classes.
Instead of organising ghar vapsi programmes and pitting community against community, the RSS and VHP should organise mass inter-caste marriages to forge a larger Hindu unity and end discrimination between men. To an extent, it will do away with the need for anti-conversion law. A special economic package for Dalits can be another initiative to scotch conversion for economic reasons. As for conversion out of conviction and free-will following an alteration of belief, it is an inviolable right inherent in the Constitution. The sooner the Sangh parivar realises that religion cannot be equated with nationalism and non-Hindus cannot be seen or treated as second-class citizens, the better it is for the nation.
G David Milton
Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu
The right pill to pop
Apropos of the edit “Brain food”, popping pills to smarten up is a sure-fire recipe for addled brains. If that had been the case, there would be scientists galore roaming on the streets, surviving on drug diets. Instead, we have hippies and slackers roaming the streets, popping, licking, smoking, snorting and ionjecting the drug of their choice!
Prahlad Bhasin, Mumbai