Post crackdown, HYV plans to use ‘sahbhoj’ to its advantage

  • Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2014 15:45 IST

Post the administration’s crackdown on ghar vapasi (home coming) programmes in Ghazipur and Kushinagar, the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) is changing its tactics. It now plans to use the fact that there is no ban on ‘sahbhoj’ (community feast), to its advantage.

Instead of ghar- vapasi, the Hindu outfit that is motivating Christians and Muslims to return to Hindu fold, has decided to organize ‘sahbhoj’ in villages where the Hindus have converted to other religions. The district administration took HYV activists into custody after the state government banned the gharvapasi programme.

“There is no ban on ‘sahbhoj’ as we have been organising such feasts in dalit and Backward caste- dominated villages for the past five years”, said HYV state unit president Sunil Singh. In a ‘sahbhoj’, a community meal is held in which members of all castes – upper, backward, dalit and even tribals are motivated to participate.

According to Singh, this not only bridges the gap between various communities but also strengthens bonding and removes the feeling of untouchability.

The HYV had decided to invite Christians and Muslims to the ‘sahbhoj’ programme, Singh said. “We will motivate them to return to the Hindu fold,” he added.

In a meeting held on Friday, the HYV decided to organize ‘sahbhoj’ in all the districts of east UP, including Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Maharajganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Siddharthnagar, Ghazipur, Mau, Ballia and even Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency - Azamgarh.

The community feast prog ramme will continue till January 15 (makar sankranti). BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath, who is the founder of HYV, is likely to participate in some of the programmes. The HYV has also decided to invite prominent Hindu seers and leaders to spearhead the programme.

HYV state general secretary Raghvendra Pratap Singh said the ‘sahbhoj’ would also be held in the villages of the lowest of lower castes, like Musahars, Van Tongiyas, Nats, Kanjars and Bansfors in the rural areas of east UP.

“We have information that voluntary organisations backed by Christians are active in the rural areas to motivate the extremely backward castes to convert to Christianity. We will counter the Christians’ plan with the ‘sahbhoj’,” he said.

HYV has also planned to organise ‘sahbhoj’ in Kamlapuri village in Bahraich district where 70 Hindus allegedly converted to Christianity. The HYV organised the community feast in Hari Om Nagar village in Kushinagar district after converting 200 Muslims to Hinduism.

After the conclusion of ‘sahbhoj’ programme on January 15, the HYV would organise a ‘padyatra’ (march) in the rural areas to motivate the Christians and Muslims to convert to Hinduism, Singh said.

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