Shri Ashok Singhal, working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has said that Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (SCs) were basically great warriors and freedom fighters who had fought against the atrocities of Mughals for a long period. He was addressing a gathering of distinguished people in Lucknow recently. He said the Mughals forced the defeated Indian warriors to adopt either Islam or else clean their excreta. ?The SCs and STs are really warriors and their prestige must be restored in the society,? he said. Shri Singhal called upon the senior citizens and retired persons in the society to use their experience, knowledge and talent for serving the underprivileged people. He said the SCs and STs were mostly illiterate and deprived in the society and Christian missionaries were conspiring to convert them to Christianity in the name of education. ?Those who have fulfilled their family responsibilities need to counter such onslaughts of conversion and work for spreading literacy in remote areas.?