Akhilesh Yadav’s govt should bring anti-conversion law: Adityanath

Adityanath, who was the star campaigner for the BJP in UP, claimed the “ghar wapsi” is a programme that takes place every year.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: December 16, 2014 3:31 am
Ram Jethmalani, Yogi Adityanath and Meenakshi Lekhi at Parliament Monday. (Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma) Ram Jethmalani, Yogi Adityanath and Meenakshi Lekhi at Parliament Monday. (Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma)

With the BJP facing heat in Parliament over alleged forced conversions in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, the party’s firebrand MP from Gorakhpur, on Monday put the ball in the state government’s court saying it should come up with an anti-conversion law if it disapproves of the forthcoming “ghar wapsi” event in Aligarh.

Defending the planned December 25 programme, Adityanath, who is known for his alleged inflammatory remarks, sought to differentiate it from conversions. “There is a difference between conversion and ghar wapsi. If one moves away from his or her basic religion through allurement or coercion, it is a conversion. If a converted Hindu wants to return to his basic religion willingly — without any force or allurement — no one should oppose it,” he told The Indian Express.

On the “ghar wapsi” event by RSS-affiliate Dharm Jagran Samiti in Aligarh, Adityanath asserted: “It’s absolutely wrong to say that we were trying to force people to convert, else there would not have been any Muslim in this country. We talk about amity, love and happiness for all. We have not forced anyone, neither we tried to impress nor offered any allurement. What we want is a hurdle-free path if one wants to reconvert willingly.”

The row rocked both houses of Parliament Monday with the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha washed out as a united Opposition created pandemonium demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that such acts would not be allowed.

Adityanath, who was the star campaigner for the BJP for the September 13 bypolls in UP, claimed the “ghar wapsi” is a programme that takes place every year. “Traditionally, this programme is held on December 25 in different places in UP, sometimes in Agra, Aligarh or Etah. With the media highlighting it, the local government is making it a big political controversy.”

According to him, the controversy was being created unnecessarily by the SP government in UP “to deviate attention from more serious issues”. “This is an utter misuse of power that is happening in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

“If the government feels that it’s not right, the state government should bring a law banning conversion,” he said.

The five-time MP, however, was of the view that the HRD Ministry’s reported move to issue a circular to government-run schools, asking them to remain open on Christmas Day for a proposed “Good Governance Day”, should not be “imposed”.

“Let people traditionally celebrate. There is no need for panic. Let them celebrate in the way they normally do. But if anyone wants to participate in the programme (in schools on the Christmas day) , they should be allowed. There should not be any imposition,” he said.

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    Aditya
    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:39 am
    Very simple - you are a professor - you work with data - Do you know which states are having trouble and want to separate from India? - Let me answer for you - even after I know you are a professor - because stupid statement you made.1) Kashmir (Muslim)2) Northeastern states (Christianity)3) Punjab (Sikhs)Let me ask you another question which state have more development - state like Kerala or Tamil Naidu/Karnataka/Andra Pradesh/Maharastra/Gujarat ? Kerala will tell you that they have highest education and high per person income but no industry. Can you answer why ? What is difference between them - This is a tricky question - Hope professor you can p! and see the light :)
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      Dec 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm
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          C. R.
          Dec 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm
          Nath to Prof. Chowdhury : Modi was elected leader when the country was leaderless and Govt. Non-functioning, scandal tainted. Modi's energy and dynamism was found to be suitable subsute for UPA. PRIMARY need was to replace UPA, development agenda was secondary. Apparent peace or communal peace can be maintained totalitarian govt. There had been hundreds of communal clashes even during British days. History is witness. Ghar Wapasi programme is intended to preserve the integrity of Hindu society. We do not create hunger or thirst; they are the need of our body. Likewise, Men cannot without a feeling that there has to be somebody to protect him, guide him. God and religion are essential need of men. And he follows one religion.
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            C. R.
            Dec 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm
            Yogi Adityanath has been very diplomatic asking U.P. Govt.to ban conversions. In fact banning conversions may be a thorny issue. It has been reported that his party is planning to bring a bill in this respect in the next session. Supposing conversion is banned, in the long run Hindus gain, because progressive attrition of Hindu society will be stopped. On the other hand, Islam and Christianity will lose; because it is open knowledge, for millennia, these two religions had continuously converted the conquered Hindus in their own land. But such a banning bill will come into conflict with the fundamental right to choose one's own religion. Facing a piquant situation, an interested person may approach Court to suspend all conversions. It seems Hindu organizations may gain a little ground from their exercise.
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