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Kerala budget proposes panel for Dalit Christians

Recently, several converted Christians had embraced Hinduism as part of VHP’s ‘ghar wapsi’ programme.

Stung by the recent trend of converted Christians returning to Hinduism, the Kerala budget has made a proposal to set up a new commission to study how Dalit Christians could be brought to mainstream society.

The budget presented by Finance Minister K M Mani has made an allocation of Rs 5 crore as an interim measure for the purpose. Mani, a Catholic, is chairman of Christian-dominated Kerala Congress (M). Converted Christian community in Kerala has a population of 20 lakh, as per official records.

Recently, several converted Christians had embraced Hinduism as part of VHP’s ‘ghar wapsi’ programme. Converts have a story of neglect in kerala. Mainstream Christians never treated them as equals. This made many converts reconvert.