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Christians fear RSS Kumbh aimed to reconvert tribals

A sense of fear has gripped the Christian community as missionaries of the area believe that the Kumbh was organised with a hidden agenda to reconvert Christian tribals. Mandla which is in Southern Madhya Pradesh where the function was held had earlier witnessed a spurt in cases of conversion in the recent past. RSS has refuted the allegation made by Christian community by saying that the event was organised to instil a sense of pride among Hindus.

Mohan Vaidya, RSS functionary in an interview said, “The whole purpose of the event is to invoke a sense of pride among Hindus about their rich cultural heritage. There is nothing anti-Christian about it. We have always believed Hindu terror is Government propaganda. It is a Samajik Kumbh-a social gathering that is aimed at creating social harmony in the society.

A statement issued by the organising committee accused missionaries of engaging in conversion of the poor and deprived section by allurement, deceit or by force. The statement further said, “They are also responsible for creating an anti-India feeling amongst these converted masses. The militancy and insurgency in the North-eastern states of India and other tribal dominated pockets of the country bear testimony to this.”  Christian leader’s fears that they could be attacked and even their churches and therefore have demanded protection from the police. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 18

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