VHP reconverts 342 to Hinduism in Orissa
Amidst cries of 'Jai Shri Ram' and blowing of conch shells, 342 persons, said to be Christians, were reconverted to Hinduism at a huge congregation in Chakapad.Updated: Apr 09, 2006 21:09 IST
Amidst cries of 'Jai Shri Ram' and blowing of conch shells, 342 persons, said to be Christians, were reconverted to Hinduism at a huge congregation organised in Chakapad 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 fiery speeches were made by VHP bigwigs.
The reconverted persons, who belonged to 74 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.
As per the provisions of the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act (OFRA), anyone desiring to change his religious faith would have to inform the administration beforehand.
First Published: Apr 09, 2006 21:09 IST