RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat justifies ‘ghar wapsi’, says will bring back our brothers who have lost their way

Recently, RS had been stalled over the conversion row with the opposition demanding PM's statement on the issue.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata | Updated: December 21, 2014 10:21 am
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at a religious event in Haridwar on Friday. (PTI Photo) RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at a religious event in Haridwar. (PTI Photo)

Justifying the ‘ghar wapsi (reconversion)’ campaign of Sangh affiliates, RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat said Saturday that those opposed to religious conversion should agree to bring in a law against the practice. Without naming Islam or Christianity, he said “we will bring back our brothers who have lost their way” and “belongings stolen by a thief”. He also called India a “Hindu Rashtra”.

Addressing a Virat Hindu Sammelan in Kolkata to mark the golden jubilee of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bhagwat said: “Hindus do not believe in conversion. If anyone fears that Hindus are resorting to conversion, let there be a legislation in Parliament to stop this practice. Hindus do not want to change anybody. If you do not want anybody to convert, then do not convert Hindus too.”

Referring to ‘ghar wapsi’, he said: “Bhule bhatke jo bhai gaye hain, unko wapas layenge. Woh log apne aap nahin gaye, unko loot kar, lalach de kar le kar gaye… Abhi chor pakda gaya hai. Mera maal chor ke paas hai. Aur yeh duniya jaanti hai. Mein apna maal wapas loonga, yeh kaunsi badi baat hai (We will bring back our brothers who have lost their way. They did not go on their own. They were robbed, tempted into leaving… Now the thief has been caught and the world knows my belongings are with the thief. I will retrieve my belongings, so why is this such a big issue).”

Bhagwat told the gathering the world was “helpless… suffering because of crimes perpetrated from Pakistani soil and by Bangladeshi infiltrators”. Only the Hindus, he said, could put a stop to these “atrocities”.

“We should not be scared. Why should we be afraid? We are not infiltrators. We are not foreigners. This is our motherland. This is our country. This is a Hindu Rashtra. We will not run away from our country. We will stay here and we will regain what was lost and stolen from us. We have to stay awake and stay active. The Hindu society is waking up,” he said.

“Partition in 1947 led to the breaking up of Bharat and creation of Pakistan. But do not think it is permanent. In Pakistan, there is much misery and suffering now. There is some amount of peace and prosperity in Bharat. That is because the Hindus are here and they will emerge stronger to bring welfare to the whole world. If Hindus are not there, every community in the world will suffer,” Bhagwat said, adding “you will witness the change as Hindus rise”.

Earlier, Pravin Togadia of the VHP mounted an attack on “Muslim infiltrators” and said “Hindus should practice Hinduism to survive the Islamic onslaught”.

“Not one Hindu should be allowed to be converted. My appeal to leaders like Mulayamji (SP’s Mulayam Singh Yadav) is that if they do not support conversion, why not push for a legislation. My question to him is: are you opposing conversion or are you opposing Hindus for political convenience,” he said.

“All political parties should remember that if the Hindus oppose, no political party will be able to rule India. Will Congress be able to do it? Will the Trinamool Congress be able to do it? Will the CPM be able to do it?… You survive only when you come under the Hindu flag,” Togadia said.

He also announced the launch of a Hindu helpline and listed phone numbers, email IDs and a website for “Hindus in distress”.

 

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First Published on: December 21, 2014 4:40 am
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    Sid
    Aug 22, 2016 at 9:50 am
    India should be Hindustan and there is no doubt in it but with brothers of our other religions also who give their life and love the country as dearly as we do.
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      nishant
      Jan 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm
      i think its better to worship a monkey than a person with no nd who cant even defend himself from crucifixion ....u know whom i m talking about .....
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        nishant
        Jan 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm
        looking at jesus's nd ur name fills me with disgust....
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          ONLY INDIAN
          Jan 19, 2015 at 6:50 am
          What all the rubbish thing raised by the RSS and VHP. Honestly they do not have any work to do. Religion is the best way to earn money in short time because the people in India are bound to their religion with out the religious knowledge. And these two SANGATANS are taking advantage of it. Same thing British do they are doing the same, they also showed us our religion and same thing Mr. Bhagwat and Mr. Togadia are doing by heading the RSS and VHP respectively.If the Islam is spread through the help of Sword and forcefully then why the conversion rate in Islam is increase now in Europe and In USA and even in India. Why Islamic potion is the second highest int he world.Please read out he explanation of two basic things in Hindu Puranas1) NA TASYA PRATIMA ASTI (means GOD has no pratima/image/photograph/painting/portrait) - In Yajurved like wise Hindu Scriptures.2) SHASHTANG (eight parts of the body should touch the ground while praying) - way of prayingWe Muslims are well followers of Hindu Scriptures than the Hindus.My request to all my INDIANS please don't follow Bhagwat or Togadia......follow what your scripture is asking to do?
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            ONLY INDIAN
            Jan 19, 2015 at 6:15 am
            What you understand ghar wapsi? Can you explain?
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              Sri
              Dec 21, 2014 at 9:06 am
              Anybody who had let himself gain such gluttonous obesity cant be taken seriously. He was insecure as those were times of Empire meltdown and he had to supervise the handover of power to the Indian Congress which he made a complete mash of..
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                K S
                Dec 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm
                We are following in the footsteps of Aurangzeb wittingly or unwittingly.
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                  IndiaFirst
                  Dec 22, 2014 at 11:54 am
                  We must encourage readers and Indians to listen to and read what Dr. Subramanian Swamy and S. Gurumurthy who have studied India better.
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                    Ash
                    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:41 am
                    This will help in getting more votes in future.Nothing to do with Hinduism.Even though its not the best step but lets welcome it as it will help the gullible poor.
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                      Raj
                      Dec 21, 2014 at 7:04 am
                      As if america is behaving very responsibly
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                        abdul
                        Dec 21, 2014 at 5:22 am
                        An atheist of Indian origin is a Hindu or Not?
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                          Aimex22
                          Dec 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm
                          First thing to be done by Hindus should have been to get rid of their ideny by the word "Hindu" given to them in the first place by Muslims before embarking on the drive to convert non Hindus to Hindus. How can they be comfortable with their ideny given to them by Muslims?
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                            Anil
                            Dec 22, 2014 at 2:36 am
                            This man is hero after Narendra Modi, BJP kept shouting that Mahatam hi wanted ban on conversion noone paid heed. In fact BJP was called communal for such demand. now that sangh has started reconverting those converted by missionary all has broken loose
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                              Trying to
                              Dec 21, 2014 at 3:29 am
                              I think you are blind, and afraid of being tested. Why should anyone think that God may not reveal Himself in the West or in the Far East and not only in India? Have you decided you are more than God, and He must do as you say?
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                                Trying to
                                Dec 21, 2014 at 3:39 am
                                Sometimes we do the Almighty God a great disservice when we imply that He may not reveal Himself to civilizations in the west or the Far East or in the Sahara.See the comment of Alevoor Rajgopal who, I think, cannot see his own blindness.
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                                  Trying to
                                  Dec 21, 2014 at 3:22 am
                                  You should not be afraid of being tested. If God decides to reveal Himself in the Far East, or in the west, or in the Sahara, are you going to close your eyes and say I do not want to look, because God must only act in my small corner of the world, and in the way I say? What meaning does the all pervading Brahman have?
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                                    Anil Sabaji
                                    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:28 am
                                    Sphinx.. it is Simple, you know whom & what you have targeted at. When you got a reply, learn to take it. You have commented on Re-conversion issue, which is basically done by Hindu organizations. In India we have millions of Christians, who are all converted from Hinduism and such Pseudo secular people like you never woke up and now since few hindus came back to Hinduism, Political parties make a big hooo haah. What BJP and RSS is saying is right, either make conversion should be made illigal by lawor just shut up!!
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                                      Anuradha Kalhan
                                      Dec 21, 2014 at 8:23 am
                                      After 2000 years of Christianity and 200 years of British rule less than 3% of our potion is Christian and after so called 1000 years of Muslim rule less than 14% is Muslim.But 50% of our children are malnourished after 68 years of ' freedom'! Why not worry about that? And why make such an elaborate and dangerous smoke screen for cutting support for welfare or denationalizing the coal sector?
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                                        rasdf
                                        Dec 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm
                                        bull
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                                          avi
                                          Dec 21, 2014 at 6:01 am
                                          Its the foundation for the break up of India into smaller religious states in due course. Other major religions will resist and get bolder to confront this re conversion business.God is one, yet different religions which are man made have pla havoc in this world with humanity with their game plans.
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                                            Abraham
                                            Dec 21, 2014 at 6:37 am
                                            "Ghar vapsi" ( back home) concept is good; but without much practical application. As a matter of fact, the river doesn't flow backwards, but always flows forward only. As science confirms, evolution is irreversible. if we accept the theory of evolution, there have been an evolution from bacteria to man as the crown of creation. In das- avatara( 10 incarnations) theory of India or Hinduism, there was an evolutionary process in the avataras (incarnations) of God. What I am trying to say is that there were evolutions in the history of religions also. It is true that the first religion in known human history is Hinduism , the religion of India or Indus Valley. The Judaism is 4000 years old and the Christianity 2000 years and Islam 1450 and so on. Will it mean that the religions that developed later should merge in the first religion?. It is like telling , " all political parties that originated after 1947 should merge with the Indian National Congress". Is it possible? Is t practical? Will it be beneficial? Thus is the case of Ghar vapsi!
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