Monday, April 28, 2008

1,800 Christian tribals convert to Hinduism in Mumbai

Mumbai, April 27: Around 1,800 Christian tribals on Sunday re-converted to Hinduism in the presence of spiritual leader Swami Narendracharya at suburban Borivali.
Talking to the media on the occasion, Narendracharya, popularly known as Narendra Maharaj, claimed so far he had reconverted 42,220 people, mostly from tribal areas of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Maharashtra, into Hinduism. It includes 1793 people who underwent reconversion rituals today.
About his drive, Maharaj said it was deplorable that Hindus had to be reconverted to Hinduism. He said he was not opposed to anybody practising any other religion, but the missionaries were "luring and misleading" the ordinary Hindus to convert them.
"An anti-conversion law is needed.....Nobody should be converted, whatsoever be his religion."
He said Hindus were being "marginalised" because they don't have any patrons. "We need to build a pressure group so that our interests are guarded."
Maharaj was critical of the BJP and Shiv Sena. "BJP and Shiv Sena talk about Hindutva, but once they get votes they don't do anything."
He, however, hailed Sena chief Bal Thackeray and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for their pro-Hindu stance.
He criticised the saffron parties for not opposing the proposed anti-superstition bill (in Maharashtra) and the bill which contemplates government taking over the administration of Hindu temples, in the assembly.
Saying it had become fashionable to abuse Hinduism, he criticised the Sethusamudram Project. "Where is the need to demolish the Ram Setu? It is being done to take revenge for demolition of Babri Masjid," he said.
Bureau Report