Agra a blip, RSS to step up ‘ghar wapsi’

The RSS has deputed 58 pracharaks for the task, this is the maximum number of pracharaks for any single RSS activity.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2014 7:59 am
The Agra slum where the ‘conversion’ took place. (Source: Express photo by Gajendra Yadav) The Agra slum where the ‘conversion’ took place. (Source: Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

RSS affiliate Bajrang Dal drew Opposition fire in Parliament Wednesday for converting 57 Muslim families to Hinduism in Agra but the Parivar fountainhead has already set in motion plans for an intensive ‘ghar wapsi’ — reconversion programme to raise what it calls the Hindu count in the next census.

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The RSS has deputed 58 pracharaks under Mukund Rao Panshikar for the task, centred around ‘dharm jagran’ (religious awareness) — this is the maximum number of pracharaks for any single RSS activity. Its ‘ghar wapsi’ plans include a holy dip of the “reconverts” in the Godavari during the Kumbh at Nashik next August. Over 50,000 who “returned” in the last five years are expected to show up.

These plans, RSS sources said, were discussed in Nagpur last month during a conclave of more than 1,200 people involved in ‘dharm jagran’ activities.

The meeting, held from November 7 to 9, was attended by Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Sarkaryawah Bhaiyaji Joshi and sah-sarkaryawah Krishna Gopal.

Subedar Singh, in-charge of ‘dharm jagran’ in Bihar and Jharkhand, told The Indian Express that a conference was
being held this weekend in Vaishali to discuss “challenges before the Hindus” and “will be attended by 2,000 sadhus”.

“We take strong objection to your use of the ‘conversion’ word. We are not doing any conversion. We are just facilitating the ‘ghar wapsi’ of Hindus who, or their ancestors, had changed faith earlier. We are neither using force nor allurement,” he said.

Singh mentioned the Gaddi project in West Champaran and said Muslims were becoming Yadavs after their “ghar wapsi”.

To spread ‘dharm jagran’ and facilitate ‘ghar wapsi’, the RSS has thought of state-specific strategies. RSS sources claimed that in the last 15 years, Muslims had “reconverted” in large numbers in Beawar district of Rajasthan — Ram Prasad is the pracharak in-charge for such activity in Rajasthan.

In Solapur, Maharashtra, the sources said, several Christians had “returned” to the Hindu fold. “We have over 200 projects for specific castes because once a Christian or Muslim decides to become a Hindu, there is a problem of acceptance by Hindus. We prepare these caste leaders to accept the converts,” said a pracharak who works for ‘dharm jagran’. Such projects, the pracharak said, involve working among different castes, including Tadvi Bhil, Banjara, Rajput, Brahmin, Yadav, Santhal, Tharu, Meena, Meo and Nat.

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