The Organiser editorial says that the election results from Jammu and Kashmir, where the BJP won 25 of the 87 seats, is a “tribute” to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, whom the Organiser calls the first martyr for the cause of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the editorial, the elections should not be seen as “Jammu vs Kashmir and BJP vs PDP” as that “would be undermining the vitality of [the] democratic process.”
It says the higher turnout indicates that the people of J&K had higher stakes in the formation of a government in the state. “Secondly, J&K politics always revolved around the Kashmir Valley, with agenda ranging from of autonomy to azadi. This was the first election where aspirations for development and governance superseded separatism.”
No political party should neglect the fact that drug addiction, anti-incumbency, the post-flood rehabilitation, the youth’s aspiration to be a part of India’s growth story were clearly visible issues. The editorial also says this was an election where “nationalist voices” from Jammu and Ladakh regions were not neglected as in past elections.
Pointing out that in the existing political scenario, it’s almost impossible to form a government without the BJP, the article says, “One can definitely conclude that ‘status quo’ is replaced by ‘hope and change’ in J&K.”
WHY THE UPROAR?
In an Organiser interview, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya says the recent uproar against the “ghar wapsi” or “homecoming” campaign was “totally unnecessary”, since homecoming is not conversion.
Claiming that the RSS never tried to convert Christians or Muslims coming to attend the shakhas, he says, “…But if the urge to reconnect to their original roots develops in a section of society, they come forward and society welcomes them. This is homecoming and not conversion.”
He adds: “The Constitution allows everyone to change their way of worship any time. Therefore, nothing is illegal in that.” According to Vaidya, opposition parties just tried to register their presence in Parliament because the “growing popularity” of the BJP-led government has left them “issueless”.
He asks why the opposition does not agree on a law against banning conversion through fraud, allurement or force.
The Panchjanya editorial justifies the incident of re-conversion in Agra, saying that it was the defeat of evangelists, who were converting Hindus to Christianity.
Pointing out that Christian organisations like “India Journey of Compassion” are proclaiming that they have been successful in attracting 80,000 people to Christianity in India this year, the editorial says the media should ask the archbishop of Delhi what the difference is between ghar wapsi and conversion.
The archbishop, it says, has declared his opposition to an anti-conversion law: “It is very clear. Those opposing ghar wapsi are advocating conversion and this double standard is their real character…”
The editorial argues that if these developments have ruffled the church and the bishops, they have offered a ray of hope to those Christians who had been misled into converting, but never accepted by the community. According to the editorial, it would be economically beneficial to them because people from the backward communities, who had converted to Christianity, would continue to get the benefits
their original castes enjoyed if they reconverted. Meanwhile, for those protesting on social media, such as the evangelist Keith Stevens, conversion could be a hide-and-seek game.
Compiled by Liz Mathew