CONVERSION

  • BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi sparks controversy, says Hindus should boycott films by 3 Khans 3 days ago

    Dehradun: In the wake of the 'ghar vapsi' controversy and love jihad campaigns, another Bharatiya Janata Party leader has sparked a controversy. Party leader Sadhvi Prachi on Sunday said that Hindus should boycott movies by the three Khans of Bollywood as they promote love jihad. She also said that Congress Vice...
  • Nothing wrong in 'ghar wapsi': VHP 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday waded into the controversy relating to religious conversions, saying there is nothing wrong in its 'ghar wapsi' programme and called for a law to check "forced" conversions. The VHP said Parliament should pass a law on forced religious conversions and maintained that while...
  • RSS reiterates demand to enact anti-conversion law 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Amid the raging row over Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on Mother Teresa, RSS on Sunday reiterated its demand for an anti-conversion law to check the "rising incidents" of religious conversions in the country. Suhasrao Hiremath, the Akhil Bharatiya Saha Seva Pramukh of RSS made the remarks at a press conference...
  • Private member bill on forced conversions introduced in Lok Sabha 5 days ago

    New Delhi: A bill to ban forced conversions was among the 37 private members' bills introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Some of the other bills introduced included the ones on compulsory military training, promotion of two child norm and amending the Code of Civil Procedure...
  • Hindu group reconverts 10 people, says won't stop untill Christians and Muslims stop conversion 5 days ago

    Chennai: A fringe Hindu outfit in Chennai claims to have reconverted ten people from Christianity and Islam to Hinduism. The Bharat Hindu Munnani claims they have reconverted at least 50 people in the recent past back to their religion. They say they were brainwashed and converted to other religions....
  • Shiv Sena backs RSS chief, claims Mother Teresa's service to poor was aimed at conversion February 25, 2015

    Mumbai: Despite severe criticism from various quarters, Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh has found support from Shiv Sena over his comments on Nobel laureate Mother Teresa. Backing Bhagwat, Sena claimed that there was nothing wrong in saying that her work was aimed at converting the religion of the poor people. "What's wrong...
  • Mother Teresa's service was motivated by conversion to Christanity, says RSS chief Bhagwat February 23, 2015

    Bharatpur: Conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday. "Mother Teresa's service would have been good. But it used to have one objective, to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian," he said while speaking...
  • Bengaluru: Police ban defied, Praveen Togadia's recorded speech played at rally February 8, 2015

    Bengaluru: Defying multi-media gag by police, VHP leader Praveen Togadia's video recorded speech was played at a rally on Sunday in which he called for Ghar Wapsi (homecoming) and establishment of "Constitutional Hindu Nation". Additional Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru) Alok Kumar said, "We have taken note of the violation; we will...
  • Foreign media questions PM Modi's 'deafening silence' on religious intolerance February 7, 2015

    New York: A day after President Barack Obama had said that religious "intolerance" in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi, The New York Times in an editorial titled 'Modi's Dangerous Silence' asked "What will it take for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out about the mounting violence against India's...
  • VHP allegedly reconverts over 100 Christian tribals to Hinduism, TMC promises strong action January 29, 2015

    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 January 27, 2015

    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...