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What are the measures to control conversions?

June 19, 2014

Jyeshtha Krushna Paksha Ashtami, Kaliyug Varsha 5116


1. Impart Dharmashikshan to Hindus

The main reason for conversions of not just tribal Hindus, but Hindus at all levels is their ignorance about Hindu Dharma. To remove this ignorance, arrangement to impart Dharmashikshan to Hindus everywhere is required in every town, temple and school. With religious education, Hindus will abide by their Dharma and consequently, they will get the spiritual experience of its greatness. Such spiritual experiences will help develop pride in Hindu Dharma amongst Hindus and consequently, they will not fall prey to conversions.

2. Creating sanskars of Dharma on children from their childhood

Hindus should regularly teach their children stotras (Hymns) such as Ramraksha, Hanumanstotra and shlokas such as ‘Karagre vasate Lakshmi’, ‘Shubham karoti’, ‘Vadani kaval gheta’ etc. – all associated with good conduct. By narrating incidents from the Holy texts Ramayan and Mahabharat love for Dharma should be inculcated in them. If these sanskars that make children self-reliant are not impressed upon them in childhood, they will not learn them in their adulthood either. After conversions, however, they do begin to offer ‘namaz’ or ‘prayers’ with sincerity.

3. Awakening Hindus on an extensive scale

Another way of preventing conversions is to create extensive awareness among Hindus about the perverted history of non-Hindus attacking their culture and Dharma, the problems faced by converts with time and the harm caused to the society, the country and religion because of conversions. The mission of creating awareness among Hindus can be performed as follows.

A. Creating awareness by writing letters and articles to newspapers on conversions.

B. Creating awareness on these dangers through programmes, pamphlets, booklets, posters etc. in schools, colleges, offices, women’s groups, community groups, professional centres, religious festivals of local Deities etc.

C. Creating awareness among Hindus that ‘prayer meetings’, ‘healing meets’ etc. are actually organised to convert them; hence, they should not participate in them.

D. Meeting and dissuading Hindus who intend to convert to another religion.

4. Legally opposing programmes organised with the intention to convert !

Conversions are an anti-social, anti-national and antireligious act; hence, Hindus everywhere should unitedly fight it legally. This can be opposed in the following ways.

A. Non-Hindus organise programmes such as ‘prayer meetings’, ‘healing meets’, ‘Know Islam’ etc. with the intention of converting Hindus at various places. If there is a risk of conversions taking place there, then they should be opposed by lodging Police complaints, agitating lawfully etc.

B. As soon as you learn that a non-Hindu preacher has entered your territory, closely observe his moves on conversions. If he tries to convert Hindus, then unitedly admonish him.

C. Lodge a Police complaint if you find someone trying to convert Hindus through deceit, enticement or force.

5. Boycott schools and colleges of other religious orders

Schools and colleges of other religious orders take Hindu students away from their own Dharma and teach them to behave as per their religion. Hence, there is a high risk of the future Hindu generations getting converted by studying in such educational institutions. That is why, every Hindu should boycott such schools and colleges of other religious orders, and should send their children to Hindu schools and colleges.

6. Instilling fear in non-Hindus on trying to convert Hindus

‘Purifying converted Hindus is a remedy on preventing the rapid conversions of Hindus; but uniting so as to instill fear in those who convert Hindus, is an even more effective remedy on this problem.’ – Dr. Jayant Athavale, Founder, Sanatan Sanstha. (2.4.2007)

7. Measures to be taken by the Union Government at its level

7.1 Necessity for immediate action by the Union Government based on recommendations of the Niyogi Committee

‘The Niyogi Committee Report on Christian Missionary activities is a report published by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1956. The Committee which was chaired by M. Bhawani Shankar Niyogi, a retired Chief Justice of the Nagpur High Court included five other members, to look into the activities of Christian missionaries. In its 1000 page report, this committee made the following recommendations.

1. Those missionaries whose primary object is proselytisation should be asked to withdraw and the large influx of foreign missionaries should be checked.
2. The use of medical and other professional services as a direct means of making conversions should be prohibited by law.
3. Attempts to convert by force or fraud or material inducements, or by taking advantage of a person’s inexperience or confidence or spiritual weakness or thoughtlessness, or by penetrating into the religious conscience of persons for the purpose of consciously altering their faith, should be absolutely prohibited.
4. An amendment of the Constitution of India may be sought, firstly to clarify that the right of propagation has been given only to the citizens of India and secondly that it does not include conversion brought about by force, fraud or other illicit means
5. It is the primary duty of Government to conduct orphanages, as the State is the legal guardian of all minors who have no parents or natural guardians.
6. Government should issue an appeal to authoritative and representative Christian Missionary Organisations and to Christians in general to come together and to form an authoritative organisation which should lay down and inform Government in clear terms the policy which the Missions and Christians in general will follow in respect of propagating their religion, the methods to he followed in conversions, the type of propaganda which will be promoted and the attempts which will be made to confine their evangelistic activities within the limits of public order, morality and health.
7. Rules relating to registration of doctors, nurses and other personnel employed in hospitals should be suitably amended to provide a condition against evangelistic activities during professional service.
8. Circulation of literature meant for religious propaganda without approval of the State Government should be prohibited.
9. No foreigner should be allowed to function in a scheduled or a specified area either independently or as a member of a religious institution unless he has given a declaration in writing that he will not take part in politics.
10. Suitable control on conversions brought about through illegal means should be imposed. If necessary, Legislative measures should be enacted.
11. Programmes of social and economic uplift by non-offi cial or religious bodies should receive prior approval of the State.

The conversions scenario is frightfully worse today than it was in 1956. Hence, the recommendations of the Niyogi Committee in 1956 are applicable even today. The Union Government must implement them with immediate effect.’ – Mr. Arvind Vitthal Kulkarni, Senior Journalist, Mumbai

7.2 The Union Government needs to enact stringent laws on banning conversions

Barring Bharat, in all countries the main religion of worship and the laws are complementary to each other. The minorities in those countries are not able to convert those in majority. The scenario in Bharat is exactly opposite. Excluding Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat there are no laws to oppose conversions in any State. Seeing the growing rate of conversions of Hindus all over Bharat, there is a need to enact powerful anti-conversion laws at the Union Government level.

‘As per the anti-conversion laws in Gujarat, an individual getting converted has to provide reasons to the Government for giving up his religion and the period for which he has been following his present religion’. Else, he is declared an offender and a court case is filed against him. While enacting anti-conversion laws at the Union Government level, this Article needs to included.’

7.3 Union Government needs to take a clue from the following countries that have initiated stringent laws against conversions

A. China : Though China does not believe in any religion, the Chinese Government states that ‘conversions divide the society into two groups and this adversely affects national amity’. In China, a church cannot be constructed without permission, the church is prohibited from receiving financial assistance from foreign countries. China has not maintained relations with the Vatican. Foreigners too are banned from propagating any religion there.

B. Japan : ‘Conversions are strictly prohibited here. Whatever be the reason, if a Japanese citizen converts, then both he and the one who converts him are punished severely. – Savarkar Times

C. Israel : In this only Jew country, their Parliament has decided to enact stringent laws to ban conversions. To prevent the framing of this law, the frightened Christian missionaries published a pamphlet promising that they were stopping the process of conversion.

8. In the Hindu Nation that will have a foundation of Dharma, there will be a ban on conversions

In the Hindu Nation, established with the initiative of patriots and righteous people, there will be laws to prevent conversions. Considering aspects such as fall in population of Hindus, the fact that conversions amount to changing of nationality, converted Hindus missing out on spiritual progress etc., conversions of Hindus will be completely banned as per the new laws. Related laws will have provisions to permit Hindu converts to return to their original Dharma and also non-Hindus who wish to embrace Hindu Dharma for making rapid spiritual progress. In the Hindu Nation ban on conversions will be in the interest of Hindus.

Source: HJS

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