Lest We Forget this Republic Day
"But for his father opting to undergo Shuddhi, the first Dalit Chief Justice of India would have been a Christian" - Kerala Columnist N Kunju, writing against Conversions in the Republic Day special issue of
The Organiser, the official organ of the Rasthriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
The special issue features the entire stable of Christian and Muslim baiters in Indian journalism hitting out at Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for their economic affirmative policies for Muslims following the Sachchar Committee report last month.
Incidentally, one of the first major issue before new Chief Justice Balakrishna's Bench in April would be the Dalit Christian demand for equity with their Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Scheduled Caste brothers in matters of education, employment, and civil rights.
By the way, the `Shudhhi that Kunju writes about is the so called purification rituals carried out by way of forcible and fraudulent conversions to Hinduism of Christians in the notorious Ghar Wapsi programmes now being openly carried out by the Sangh in many states across the country. And if Dalits in government employment were to convert to Islam or Christianity, they would be sacked; their children would lose their seats in schools and colleges ... If they said they were Hindus, they would get the jobs back. <26 January 2007>
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