Chakapad (Orissa), April 10: Amidst cries of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and blowing of conch shells, 913 persons, said to be Christians, were reconverted to Hinduism at a huge congregation organised by the Sangh Parivar even as the VHP called for a total ban on conversion in the country.
The reconversion ceremony was conducted on the second day of the ‘Hindu Mahasabha’ where VHP bigwigs made fiery speeches The reconverted persons, who belonged to 150 families, were blessed by the Sankaracharya of Puri, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.
Speaking on the occasion, VHP International President Ashok Singhal demanded that the centre should enact a law to completely ban conversions from Hinduism. However, there should not be any restriction on Christians if they wanted to return to their ‘mother faith of Hinduism’, he said while refusing to acknowledge as conversion the return of the people to Hinduism from Christianity.
Preachers of the Christian faith should be thrown out of the country, the VHP leader demanded. “There is no need for anyone to teach religion to the people of this country as Indians are religious anyway,” he said.
Families from 16 villages of Sonepur, Bargarh and Balangir districts were reconverted, Binoy Bhuyan, Pradesh Pramukh of the Dharma Jagaran Samiti, an affiliate of the RSS, said.
VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati was also present at the ‘Sudhikaran Yagya’ conducted on the occasion, they said.
Several Hindu organisations, including Dharma Rakhya Samiti, Dharma Jagaran Samiti and the Arya Samaj, were involved in the ceremony, Bhuyan said.