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Bengal: Hindu outfit calls for ‘ghar wapsi’, shows ‘reconverted’ Muslim family

Four members held for beating up journalists who tried to question family

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Kolkata | Updated: February 15, 2018 12:56 am
At the rally in Kolkata on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

Asking Hindus in the state to have more children to tackle the demographic imbalance in future, a Hindutva organisation on Wednesday gave the call of “ghar wapsi” — to “reconvert” Muslims — and presented 14 members of a Muslim family who have ostensibly “returned” to the Hindu fold at a rally in Kolkata on Wednesday. Four members of Hindu Samhati, an outfit established in Bengal about a decade ago, were arrested in the evening for physically assaulting mediapersons who tried to pose questions to the family after the rally at Rani Rashmoni Road in central Kolkata. Two journalists were injured in the incident. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the assault on scribes and said strong action will be taken against those involved.

Addressing the crowd, Tapan Ghosh, chief adviser of Hindu Samhati, said, “Hussain Ali and his wife Moyna Bibi, as well as 12 family members, have been reconverted. Their ancestors were converted, and now we welcome them as Hindus on stage. Earlier we used to do this (conversion) secretly, but now we will do this in public.” Emphasising that the family’s address will not be divulged, Ghosh said, “I give a call of ghar wapsi [used by Hindutva organisations to refer to conversion from Islam to Hinduism]. When you return, initiate this movement in your districts and blocks — let us welcome all Muslims to Hinduism.”

Ali and Moyna Bibi’s family members, including children, were given Hindu Samhati’s saffron flag on the stage, cheered by the crowd. Maj Gen G D Bakshi (retired) was among the guests on stage. State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said, “Such organisations demean Hindu religion, just as the Taliban demeans Islam. The government will take proper action against those who beat up journalists.”

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveen Tripathi confirmed that four people from Hindu Samhati were arrested. During the rally, Ghosh called for Sealdah station to be renamed Shyamaprasad Mukherjee terminal, and demanded installing a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose near Parliament. Outfit’s president, Debtanu Bhattacharya, criticised both the Trinamool Congress and the BJP for allegedly wooing Muslims.

Accusing the chief minister of “Muslim appeasement” even after “she was voted to power by Hindus”, Bhattacharya said, “Mamata Banerjee claims that West Bengal has a 32 per cent Muslim population. But in districts with more than 50 per cent Muslims — such as Malda and Murshidabad — her party’s performance is worse. They do not have Lok Sabha MPs there (from those districts). This proves she won with the help of Hindu votes.”

Bhattacharya said BJP leaders are following the same policy in the state. “BJP MP Roopa Ganguly visits Muslims (households); meets those who have been victims of atrocities, but not Hindus.”

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    Sumit Bose
    Feb 21, 2018 at 10:27 am
    The entire lot of cutbullas should be converted from being pseudo-arab morons into sanatanis, totally rejecting the 72 virgins, 80,000 slaves, palace that extends over kilometers etc etc etc in the after-life pislamic brothel to embrace enlightenment , knowledge and action-oriented mindset.
    1. Krishna Sharma
      Feb 16, 2018 at 7:56 am
      they did the amazing work. everyone should be brought back to liberation from islamic slavery. oo many butt hurt comies in the comment section. i'm proud n they did the fine . terrorism is inhe in desert cults n in their books. i say ban the koran too
      1. Samuel V.
        Feb 15, 2018 at 1:42 pm
        RSS dominated BJP Communalizing the nation , they are going to make another Pakistan hindu India,radical religious bondage country, people eating habit in trouble, freedom press is problems , religious freedom in danger level, human rights abuses, economic destroying , Look at India, it's the most miserable country in the world! here are more rats than people, and such poverty and disease! People are starving in India, while the rats get fat and the sacred cows die of old age! Millions people dying lack of food and shelter and Health care . this stupid evil Fundamentalists take care of animals and their welfare, God create these animals for Human use for milk and meat or cultivation, this wicked people made them as God and worshiping, so they are destroying, God given personality and dignity , degrading them self. Oh shame of your people. And also for the tenets of their Hindu religion, Fundamentalism is often seen as violent, intolerant, stubbornly backwards, sometimes inhuman,
        1. J
          Feb 15, 2018 at 10:12 am
          Bengali blood is cosmopolitan, caring, nurturing and secular. This should not be allowed to be corrupted by the elms like Debtanu Bhattacharya, Tapan Ghosh and people like them. The government should take immediate action before they could corrupt the minds of the great Bengal who have produced some of the greatest minds of India.
          1. harsh kumarf
            Feb 15, 2018 at 2:06 am
            " ghar waapsi " ,, they have abused hinduism and they have completely turned it into a form extremist religion ,,,i am ashamed that i share the same religion as these extremists ,, now i know how some muslims would feel when they are being compared with islamic extremists ,,,
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