Assistant profs in MP threaten mass faith conversion as last resort

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 17:22 IST

Fed up with the MP government’s hollow assurances of regularization of service, assistant professors serving as guest faculties in government colleges of Madhya Pradesh have decided to follow the example of the Valmiki community in Rampur (Uttar Pradesh), who threatened to convert to Islam if they were evicted from their houses.

The guest lecturers have threatened to covert to other faiths if their demand for regularization of service is not met.

They have already filled out forms seeking permission from their respective collectors, but they have not declared to which faith they would convert.

“We have received 384 consent letters till date from guest faculties (assistant professors) across the state for conversion of faith. More consent letters are pouring in every day,” said Ajab Singh Rajput, patron of Atithi Vidyan Mahasangh (Guest Faculty Federation of MP).

Talking to HT, Rajput said they are fed up of the hollow assurances from ministers and other government representatives.

The Guest Faculty Federation (GFF) has been demonstrating at Shahjahani Park in the state capital for the last 56 days.

“The government has not advertised for the post of assistant professors since 1991. We have been serving in colleges across the state since then. What is our fault if the government does not fill these vacancies through proper procedure,” questioned Amitabh Mishra, office bearer of the federation. “We have recommendation letters in our favour from more than 150 BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MLAs and MPs apart from several ministers, yet no decision has been taken by the government.”

The government, fearing the trouble with the assistant professors raising communal tensions, is preventing them from completing formalities for mass conversion.

“Yesterday, we had approached collector Bhopal’s office to provide us forms for religious conversion but he did not oblige citing pressure from the government,” said Leena Dubey, coordinator of the federation.

Rajput said they would first acquire NOC (no objection certificate) from the district administration and after fulfilling all the formalities required by the government, the federation would approach clerics of different faiths.

10 professors would change their faiths in Bhopal, while the rest would convert en masse in a programme in New Delhi, said Rajput.

The GFF has written letters to Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat; Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Praveen Togadia; Bhaiyya Joshi of the RSS; Dharam Narayan, in-charge of religious conversions cell of the RSS; union human resource development minister Smriti Irani; Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati; and the shankaracharyas of all the mathhs.

“We have adopted all means of peaceful demonstration pressing our demands. We met the ministers, IAS officials, staged dharna, polished shoes, cleaned railway stations, but the insensitive government didn’t listen to us,” said Leena Dubey.

She said the federation members have pledged to donate eyes, have donated blood, some of them have also donated their bodies now and only their souls remain, hence the decision to convert.

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