Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Singhal call to watch activities of Christian missionaries

Chakapada (Orissa), Apr 10 : VHP international president Ashok Singhal today asked activists of the Sangh Parivar to maintain strict vigil on activities of Christian missionaries and work unitedly to fight against religious conversion in the country.

''India is a spiritual country. It has got its own identity. This identity should not be compromised in the name of secularism,'' Singhal said while addressing the valedictory ceremony of the three-day religious congregation organised by the Sangh Parivar here.

Urging the BJD-BJP government in Orissa to stop cow slaughter and conversion in the state, Singhal called upon the saffron activists to work together so that more reconversions could be ensured in the future.

Singhal had yesterday demanded enactment of a central law to prohibit conversion but argued that people belonging to other religions should be allowed to be reconverted to Hinduism as it was 'their mother faith'.

RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan said the organisation's activities were aimed at nation building.

Such conferences, he said, would go a long way in awakening the Hindus who were complacent about their heritage. Hinduism is a way of life and indians, irrespective of their religion, should respect the country's socio-cultural values.

Meanwhile, nine persons belonging to two families were reconverted to Hinduism today in the presence of the Sangh Parivar bigwigs and the Shankaracharya of Puri, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.

Among others, Orissa Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal and Higher Education Minister Samir Dey attended the programme.

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