CONVERSION

  • VHP allegedly reconverts over 100 Christian tribals to Hinduism, TMC promises strong action 19 hours 42 minutes ago

    Kolkata: There is no relief for the Central government which is battling the allegations over forced the conversion row. In a fresh case, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) allegedly reconverted over 100 tribals to Hinduism in West Bengal. The tribals were first allegedly converted to Christianity and the VHP reconverted them...
  • Digvijay Singh takes a jibe at Modi on 'Ghar Wapsi' issue 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Taking a cue from US President Barack Obama's speech calling for religious freedom, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday took a jibe at Narendra Modi wondering whether the Prime Minister would advise his friends in the Sangh Parivar to stop justifying 'Ghar Wapsi'. "Would Modi take his friend Barack's...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee raps Opposition for disrupting Parliament January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday rapped the Opposition over repeated disruptions in Parliament. Mukherjee said a noisy minority cannot be allowed to gag a patient majority. He also said that there should not be any disruption of proceedings under any circumstances. The Winter session of Parliament saw repeated disruptions...
  • Will go ahead with 'Ghar Wapsi', Ram Temple construction: VHP January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid a major row over religious conversion, VHP on Wednesday said nothing will deter it from going ahead with its core agenda of 'Ghar Wapsi' and Ram Temple construction, and that it will hold a major convention in Delhi on March 1 to highlight the issues. VHP will organise...
  • MIM's Owaisi defends his remarks, says not threatening one to convert to Islam January 5, 2015

    Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday defended his remark on 'home coming' saying that he was not asking anyone to convert. The remarks came after he stirred off a controversy saying embracing Islam will be a real home coming. Owaisi said, "This is my belief, I...
  • 'Ghar wapsi' is natural process, says RSS leader Vaidya January 3, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Defending the controversial ghar wapsi program, senior RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya on Saturday said 'conversion' is a wrong term to be used for'home coming'. "Conversion is not an appropriate word for ghar-wapsi. This is not conversion. This is a home coming for those who have natural urge to reconnect with...
  • RSS sends 'ghar wapsi' superviser Rajeshwar Singh on indefinite leave January 3, 2015

    New Delhi: After the government faced heat over a mass conversion ceremony in Agra, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has stepped in. RSS pracharak Rajeshwar Singh, who was spearheading the 'ghar wapsi' campaign in Uttar Pradesh, has gone on indefinite leave. Rajeshwar Singh had supervised the conversion ceremony in Agra. RSS...
  • BJP is never in favour of forced conversion: Shah January 2, 2015

    Reacting on the ongoing conversion row, BJP chief Amit Shah said that his party never supported forced conversion. ...
  • Politics over conversion gets ugly in Kerala, Left accuses BJP of polarising state on communal lines January 2, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: A house maid Ambika and her two children were born Hindus in Kerala. Her ex-husband, however, wanted to embrace Christianity and wrongly listed the caste of the children as Christian Pentecost while admitting them to a local school. A need to rectify this mistake is what prompted Ambika to...
  • Homecoming of Hindus is not conversion: VHP December 31, 2014

    Belagavi: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday said 'ghar wapsi' (homecoming) of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism could not be termed as conversion and claimed the practise had been prevailing for several centuries. Speaking about VHP's 'ghar wapsi' agenda, International President of the organisation, Praveenbhai Togadia said untouchability would be removed,...
  • Anti-conversion law only if there is consensus: Rajnath Singh December 31, 2014

    Varkala: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the Centre would think of bringing an anti-conversion law if there was concensus among political parties on the matter. If all stood firmly in the religion they believe in and follow its culture, there was no need for any conversion, he...
  • Amritsar: RSS offshoot converts over 120 Christians to Sikhism December 31, 2014

    Amritsar: Even as the conversion row continues, nearly 128 Christians have been converted to Sikhism in Amritsar at a ceremony organised by the Dharam Jagran Manch - an offshoot of the RSS. In a statement, the group claimed that the people approached them expressing a desire to be converted to...
  • Conversions should be banned, but not Ghar Wapsi, says Praveen Togadia December 29, 2014

    Hyderabad: VHP's national general secretary Praveen Togadia on Monday demanded "a strong legislation" to stop conversions, but defended 'Ghar Wapsi' program. Speaking about the outcome of meeting of central board of trustees and management committee of VHP, Togadia said, "We are against conversions. If someone is accepting another way of...
  • Digvijay Singh pitches for 'Freedom of religion Act' December 28, 2014

    Bhopal: Amid voices advocating for a stringent anti-conversion law in the country, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said instead of anti- conversion law, India needs a 'Freedom of Religion act'. "Instead of anti-conversion law we need 'freedom of religion act'," Singh told reporters in an informal chat. His statement comes...
  • Bajrang Dal to launch 'bahu lao-beti bachao' campaign to prevent Hindu girls from marrying into other religions December 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the controversy over the conversion row refuses to die down, the Bajrang Dal is planning to launch a 'bahu lao-beti bachao' campaign. It involves Hindu boys marrying girls from other religions and will also create awareness to prevent Hindu girls from marrying into other religions. The...
  • Dawood Ibrahim's conversation caught on tape, location traced to Karachi December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Underworld don and the man who tops India's most wanted list Dawood Ibrahim has been caught on tape by a western intelligence agency. The agency has claimed to have recorded a telephonic conversation involving the underworld don, the location of which has been traced to Clifton suburb in Pakistan's...
  • Over 200 converted to Hinduism so far in Kerala December 26, 2014

    Kochi: Over 200 persons, mostly belonging to Christian families, in various parts of Kerala have reconverted to Hinduism as part of the 'ghar vapsi' (home coming) programme of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Christmas day, VHP sources on Friday said. Kottayam district topped in the re-conversion ceremony with 73 persons participating in...
  • VHP continues 'ghar wapasi' event, converts 59 people in Kerala December 25, 2014

    Kottayam: Continuing with its 'ghar wapasi' drive, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Thursday conducted the event in Kerala's Kottayam district where 59 people were 're- converted' to Hinduism. While one family reportedly was Muslim, all others who pariticipated in the event were Christians. The event took place in two temples....
  • BJP, RSS leaders meet to discuss religious conversions December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Top leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh met on Monday night to discuss the escalating controversy over forced conversions by some Sangh Parivar outfits that has paralysed Parliament where some crucial Bills in insurance and coal sector remained stuck. The meeting convened over dinner at Union...
  • Protests over conversions set back Modi's reform agenda December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda suffered a setback on Monday as protests erupted in Parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. Opposition members threw papers and swarmed to the centre of the Upper...
  • Venkaiah Naidu appeals to opposition parties to let Parliament function December 22, 2014

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to opposition parties to let the House function. The remarks came in the backdrop of opposition parties demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on the issue of alleged forced conversion. Naidu said, "The statements of the Union Ministers are sufficient. Opposition parties must...
  • RJD MP Pappu Yadav throws papers at Deputy Speaker in Lok Sabha December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday was adjourned as the Rashtriya Janata Dal's MP Pappu Yadav misbehaved with the Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and threw papers at the chair. The incident happened when the House reassembled at 3 PM after repeated disruptions in the morning session, with the Congress...
  • Neither Government, nor BJP involved in conversion: Venkaiah Naidu December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing opposition attack over the conversion issue, Government on Monday said in Lok Sabha that neither it nor the BJP was involved in such acts and the state governments should take action if anyone violates the law. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu insisted that...
  • Conversion row: Parties indulging in vote bank politics: Nitin Gadkari December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid a controversy over religious conversions, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that political forces "disturbed" over the victory of BJP are trying to convert the agenda of development into that of vote bank politics. "This is not an issue within the party. There are some political forces...
  • Nothing wrong with reverse conversions, says Shiv Sena December 22, 2014

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Monday said that there's nothing wrong with reverse conversions and flayed "those who kept mum when Hindus were converted to Muslims." "Till yesterday, Hindus were converted to Muslims. Then, nobody said those were done forcibly or through enticement. But now when the Ganga has started flowing in...
  • Live: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over forced conversions after opposition members enter well of the House December 22, 2014

    With just two days left for the Winter Session of Parliament to end, key bills like GST Bill and Insurance Bill are likely to be discussed on Monday. ...
  • VHP re-converts 30 Christians in 'ghar wapsi' in Kerala December 22, 2014

    Alappuzha: Amidst raging controversy over forced religious conversions across the country, nearly 30 persons from eight families of Scheduled Caste Christians were re-converted to Hinduism under the auspices of Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the district. The ritual of 'home-coming', organised by district wing of VHP, was held at a local...
  • RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The head of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the...
  • RSS, VHP committed to make India 'Hindu nation', Modi yet to break silence on conversion row December 21, 2014

    Bhopal: Backing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat's description of India as a "Hindu rashtra", senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia said efforts will be made to "increase" the percentage of Hindus in the country, but skirted the issue of religious conversion. He also said that Bhagwat's assertion of "Hindu...
  • Opposition parties question PM Modi over silence on Bhagwat's remarks December 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks daring opposition parties to support a law against conversion, on Sunday triggered a political storm with several parties attacking his views and questioning why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been silent on the issue. Hitting out, former Information and Broadcasting minister and...