Amit Shah dares ‘so-called secular’ Opposition to support anti-conversion law

Amit Shah said BJP's stand on forced conversions was clear and the govt was ready to bring a law to ban them.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: December 22, 2014 11:50 am
BJP workers welcoming to party national president Amit Shah before a party meeting at Palakkad in Kerala on Friday. (Source: PTI) BJP workers welcoming to party national president Amit Shah before a party meeting at Palakkad in Kerala on Friday. (Source: PTI)

As a controversy over forced religious conversions by some Sangh Parivar outfits raged, the BJP and the Government today put the onus on the opposition parties for bringing an anti-conversion law for which they were ready.

BJP President Amit Shah said government is ready to bring an anti-conversion law and dared the “so-called secular” opposition parties to support it while Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the opposition did not respond positively to this offer.

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The comments by Shah and Naidu came a day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat strongly defended the current controversial campaign of the Sangh Parivar and dared the opposition to support a law banning religious conversions.

Shah asserted that such incidents would not derail the BJP-led NDA Government from its development agenda.

“BJP has made its stand clear on conversions. And no one can derail the party (government) from its development agenda,” he told a press conference in Chennai.

He was replying to a question whether the campaign by some fringe groups on the conversion issue would affect the development agenda of the Narendra Modi Government.

Asked repeatedly about the involvement of RSS in the matter, Shah evaded a direct reply and said, “RSS is a nationalist organisation and I have no doubt over this.”

Opposition parties have been seeking to corner the government on the ‘ghar wapsi’ campaign in parts of North India and stalled proceedings in Rajya Sabha demanding a statement from Modi.

Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Chennai since yesterday, also said BJP’s stand on forced conversions was clear and the government was ready to bring a law to ban them.

“BJP is clear about its stand on forced conversions. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has said in Parliament that the government is ready to bring in a law against forced conversions. Are the so called secular parties ready to support it?” he asked.

Shah declined to comment on Bhagwat’s remarks yesterday on trying to create a strong Hindu society.

Asked about Bhagwat’s comments in favour of bringing in a law against religious conversion, Naidu said the government would not bring any law against conversion without a larger consensus on it.

“BJP had already announced that it would be right to bring a law against conversion as per the prevailing situation in the country.

“But, that is possible only when there is general consensus. Without consensus, the government would not bring any such law. An advice is given. Everybody has got the right to give advice. There is a right to write. You have the right to make commentary,” he told reporters in Hyderabad.

“If you feel the state government’s laws are not effective, there is need for an all-India law, the government has offered on the floor of Parliament, let’s go for an all-India law. The opposition did not respond positively,” he said.

Conversions have been happening in the country since pre-Independence era, he added.

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    Ram Rahim
    Dec 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm
    OMG. It will be suicidal for Psuedo-secular parties. It will mean stopage of funds being given by Churches and Muslims Sheikhs to Congress, AAP, TMC, SP, BSP, JD, JMM and Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD.
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      Abhishek
      Dec 22, 2014 at 11:23 am
      Rs 1 lac crore routed into India by missionaries in last one decade for conversion. They used FCRA channel which is meant for NGO funding. All details available on Home Ministry website. This was through the legal channel. Nobody knows how much came through Hawala.At the international level, there is a g project call Joshua Project which aims to convert w world into Christian with Asia, esp India as a focus area. Google a bit and you can cross verify this information
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        Crusaderz
        Dec 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm
        No, Hindu's curse is their honesty, truthfulness and inherent tolerant nature unlike Missionaries who are cunning, deceptive and are like termites.
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          Joy
          Dec 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm
          Indians cannot be deprived of the right to choose and practice the religion of his/her choice. Banning conversions is banning the freedom to choose. As long as people choose their faith using their freedom, there is no problem. Have the freedom to change religions as many times as possible... Who cares... But the moment a law is brought in, state begins to choose what each person should believe and that leads to a closed society with no exchange and growth of ideas like North Korea and Islamic nations for example...- Gov't chooses what people should believe there and what lifeless and narrow minded nation they become 1986 stan ped the Blasphemy law and the establishment there has used it to target and wipe out minorities they hate. What once had 10% minority has less than 1 % today in stan. Anti conversion law can be used by establishment or parties to target and wipe out people and minorities the Gov't or its supporters hates. It could be that well meaning preachers could be taken to task and tormented by using false witnesses like what the stani establishment does to wipe out minorities. Leave the people to decide what they want...Let it not be forced on them... Let us continue to have an open society...He who converts often hearing one will easily convert hearing another... No big deal about Ghar Vapsi... Ask these people about there whereabouts after a time and it would be found that all this fuss today was a waste of effort and publicity and time...
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            Emyousmusa
            Dec 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm
            So its ok for a Catholic foreign agents from the Roman Catholic church to come to India and make changes to the image of Mary to make her more acceptable or convertible on the indian potion, this irks the conversions that been happening by the roman Catholic chuch.
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              Gautam Oza
              Dec 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm
              Ghar Wapsi should be encouraged among those minority families who were born Hindu.This also applies to their children who are innocent victims of embracing religion because of their parents mistake.No forcible re-conversion. Re-conversion beginning could be made with Bollywood. Ayesha back to Sharmila and so on. Anti conversion law must make it absolutely clear that birth religion will never change.There should be cut off date. It could be post independence. Also it should be made punishable crime and insution encouraging conversion should be banned because it is deliberately trying to alter social fabrics.It will be interesting to know Pappu (Rahul) is Christian,Parsi,Muslim or Hindu.Pseudo secular politicians like Nitish,Mulayam,Mayawati,Mamta and communists must understand that secularism is not under threat but it is given its correct meaning and stop using minority card as vote bank.If this is done Pappu will be isolated. BJP should not interfere with activities of Hindu Sangathan. Minority ploy will be with the help of section of the sympathetic media to lick Modi's A** and demand his intervention. Also minority is going to use its monetary might to subdue potion and politicians.At last it seems that Hindus are feeling confident that India is their own country and they are not orphaned.
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                AP
                Dec 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm
                Why the so called sickular parties don't want the anti-conversion law. The reason is simple. In India every year there are w lot more Hindus converted to Christianity and Islam than otherwise. These conversions are not publicized but they do happen. If there is anti-conversion laws then missionaries and Mullas will have to close down their shops.
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                  Aslam
                  Dec 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm
                  You sold dignity by cheating.
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                    Rahul
                    Dec 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm
                    Great reply to all sickulars ! Take that for an answer
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                      Hindu
                      Dec 22, 2014 at 6:53 am
                      Hindus are not funded by foreign organisations that want people to convert to their religion. By nature, Hinduism is the most peaceful religion but if we do not defend ourselves, we will be extinct in the future
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                        KongGressSucks
                        Dec 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm
                        Why are the opposition parties angry when people are converted back to Hinduism?. Thanks RSS / VHP for bringing this issue to the forefront! Bharat needs to deals with this once and for all.
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                          Manoj Manoj
                          Dec 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm
                          Ghar Vapasi means the Soul (That God gave a person as a spirit during birth by first breadth) will be returned back into the Human body and heart after a small yagna (mostly with atri mantra and Om chanting). Ghar is the Heart and Vapasi means return into a place.This soul is returned by OM chanting from a Fake eny which needs souls for harvesting or as a submission (Christians & Muslims can confirm this). A Hindu never submits or gives his / her soul for harvesting. His/Her soul is connected to Parmatma and thats it.One more thing - Now Millions in the west are doing Om chanting and Yoga. They are no longer Christians but Sanathan Dharma followers or Hindus as they got their soul back into their Heart by chanting OM. Where is your Soul?
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                            Secular Indian
                            Dec 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm
                            Bhagwat should give his surname.. Bhagwat to all those returning home ( Ghar Wapsi) . RSS/ VHP can also lend surnames like Iyenger, Mishra, Pandey, Joshi, Iyer , Nair , Thackrey, Chattopadhyay. This will be true home coming..if RSS/ VHP lends such surnames to these Tribals.
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                              manfindtruth
                              Dec 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm
                              Who doesn’t know this w re-conversion drama is a planned, premeditated saffron-brigade program, which has been one of their ideological positions.They want this to make news. That is one thing which is now achieved. Once it becomes news, media will be forced to discuss it and debate it. Thus they plan to inject the venom of communal and religious feelings in people who peacefully co-exist. They know no discussion in media will happen without involving saffron brigade representatives on it. That will, they know, give a platform to reach the w nation, provoking gullible people across the length and breadth of this nation. They want communalism and their b of religious and communal politics (fascism) spread throughout the nation like ebola virus. By polarizing and dividing people along communal lines, they would succeed create distrust between the ordinary people in this country who live in peace with each other. This will cause disharmony and disunity, which is what saffron brigade wants to achieve.They somehow want to stop people embracing Muslim or Christian religion. These are the descendents of the very same people who prevented people from following Buddhism when a large number began discarding Vedic Aryan Brahminism, which is what they euphemistically describe sanatan dharma fact, the saffronites are invading the fundamental right of a human being to accept what he want to accept and reject what he doesn’t agree with. They are trying to revive the days when people believed MIGHT IS RIGHT.The ancient days and medieval times when people lived like animals and junglelaw was prevalent. They want to turn the clock back to those primitive days inthe pretext of one thing or the other. They fail to see mankind has evolved andmoved on from those savage days. The saffronites are frozen in time and worshipprimitivism. Since nobody is intellectually “persuaded” to accept theirideology, they FORCE people by hook or by crook. Why they do that? They pointat others and allege them to have done it. So, they say, they will also do thesame. It shows their ideology is a poor copy of the very same people theycriticize and accuse of. Isn’t that ridiculous?What society are they trying to create? A society of “yes-men”? A nation of slaves to saffron-sardars? We are living at a time when the saffron-brigade is desperately trying to change the Consution of this nation. A time when the saffron militants are unashamedly challengingthe human rights of a large section of citizens of this country. They arecreating social tension which they accuse others of. They scoff at others left,right, center with impunity on one side and accuse others of scoffing them and theirreligion. They self-appoint themselves as the custodians of religion of thiscountry on one side and on the other argue that Hinduism is not a religion. Well,it’s not a religion, it’s an –ISM of their own creation and invention. Unless people of this nation wake up and understand the saffron ploy to saffronise this nation to the benefit of a few capitalists, landlords and pseudo-Hindu con-men, we will collectively be allowing these elements reduce over 100 billion people to perpetual slavery to them.Let religions and atheism compete with each other, like bs do, to win subscribers over. That way every individual will have his right intact to choose what he wants and what he agrees with, rather than any person or group feeling enled to impose his god/s and beliefs on fellow humans/citizens, by force, intimidation and violence.
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                                khadri
                                Dec 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm
                                India is a difficult place for a muslimAs a Muslim, i have found it difficult to tell people that look boss i believe in one god and i believe in worshiping only him and not his creation. I also believe that god has never come down in human form and the people that he sent for guiding other human beings were later with the page of time worshiped as gods. God does not need a son or daughter nor he was born to anybody or does he need to give birth. He created everything in a declaration. He existed before everything and will continue to exist forever.People have invited me for pooja functions and often bring prasad from Idol worship ceremonies, i have found it diffcult to refuse it when iam offered.People should learn about Islam not from converting perspective but atleast from knowledge perspective and learn to respect our feelings.The muslims who were converted were very poor and were in need of money. but i dont think a muslim can leave the belief in unity of god and revert back to worshiping idols
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                                  Mahender Goriganti
                                  Dec 22, 2014 at 3:27 am
                                  Hindus have no choice but to protect themselves from the Jihad movement and christian crusades with money from Saudi Arabia and west respectively. it is not too late to act to provide a place to live for our child in the future, please contribute to prevent conversion of the poor tribes into christianity and distroy the love Jihad and get ready for ISIS in India any day.
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                                    Nation of
                                    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:37 am
                                    The missionaries may give you money to convert. Take the money and don't convert. Simple as that. You have the money with you and you haven't sold your dignity.
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                                      Nischal
                                      Dec 22, 2014 at 8:44 am
                                      Hi mahender ,Untouchables in christian community has given tribes the same status which Hindu heads are given. Hinduism is nothing but caste. Pl refer to Tanjavur story in Kerala .... How Hindus converted to christians . Every citizen has right for freedom of religion. It is his /her wish . Who are they to tell whom a citizen should trust ?? And about his faith ?? Its your wish . IS hinduism treating every individual the same ?? No will be the answer even though if you want to fight with me . Pl refer to Article 21 of our consution . Think practically bro . Future will be if this caste system prevails in our country . Its ok if you from high caste . But what about poor people . Don't they have right to live ?? Politicians, VHP, RSS are simply makiing it a issue to make differences b/w people . Think Wisely . Know History . And always speak responsibly . Pl don't be selfish . And think of every citizen. Their rights . Don't make them slaves again . Every citizen has his own talent . This is why our culture was made worst from all countries in the world . Now a days it is getting some recognition. And these ppl started provoking hindu - christian differences . Pl refer tanjavur ( Kerala story ) ! Bro raise your voice from every individual and their rights . Not to make differences and create fights.
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                                        Nischal
                                        Dec 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm
                                        Us this what BJP saying or RSS saying ?? Don't talk so stupid ... Don't gossip unneccesarily. Know what is happening and what happened in this society . I mean history ... Have some proof while talking. Hinduism is nothing but casteism. Open ur eyes . Politicians are just making you fool.If Hinduism is such great tell them to tell about its greatness. Another news is that we don't spread Hinduism or convert other religions to Hindus .... Why don't they convert if Hinduism is really such great . If anyone converts into Hinduism which caste they give them ??Do U have answer ?? Without criticizing fellow Indians ?? Everyone is equal ... Every citizen has freedom of religion . It is their wish . For God sake don't support these type of acts and fight with your brothers . We R one . Criticize,and fight with the politicians who R provoking U unnencessarily . Educate
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                                          Nischal
                                          Dec 22, 2014 at 11:07 am
                                          What was said in the Consuent embly on December 6, 1948 (i) during the debate preceding page of Article 19 (ii), guaranteeing the fundamental right to religion which includes the right to propagate religion: "Objection has been taken to the inclusion of the word "propagate" along with the words "profess and practice" in the matter of religion. ….it is not a question of taking away anybody's rights. It is a question of conferring these rights on all citizens …the fact that many people in this country have embraced Christianity is due partly to the status that it gave to them. Why should we forget that particular fact? An untouchable who became a Christian became an equal in every matter along with the high-caste Hindu, and, if we remove the need to obtain that advantage, apart from the fact that he has faith in the religion itself-well, the incentive for anybody to become a Christian will not exist"
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                                            Nischal
                                            Dec 22, 2014 at 10:50 am
                                            What was said in the Consuent embly on December 6, 1948 (i) during the debate preceding page of Article 19 (ii), guaranteeing the fundamental right to religion which includes the right to propagate religion: "Objection has been taken to the inclusion of the word "propagate" along with the words "profess and practice" in the matter of religion. ….it is not a question of taking away anybody's rights. It is a question of conferring these rights on all citizens …the fact that many people in this country have embraced Christianity is due partly to the status that it gave to them. Why should we forget that particular fact? An untouchable who became a Christian became an equal in every matter along with the high-caste Hindu, and, if we remove the need to obtain that advantage, apart from the fact that he has faith in the religion itself-well, the incentive for anybody to become a Christian will not exist". -
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