Leaders of Uttarakhand unit of Hindu Jagran Manch led by RSS National Executive Member Shri Indresh Kumar recently presented a memorandum to Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri urging him to enact a strict anti-conversion law in the state. They also submitted documents in this regard endorsed by one lakh people of the state. According to the state organising secretary of the Manch Shri Rajendra Bhandari, the Manch had launched a signature campaign from October 13 to November 13 in 60 Assembly Constituencies through 150 Manch workers and had organised 25 public awareness meetings before submitting the memorandum.
Talking to Organiser Shri Khanduri termed the signature campaign as a right step. It is worth recalling that in its poll manifesto the BJP had promised a law banning cow slaughter and conversion. The Assembly has since passed a bill on cow protection. He promised to enact anti-conversion law soon in the state.
Addressing a gathering on the issue, Shri Indresh Kumar said the religion is neither to be sold nor bought. He said several states constituted commissions under the presidentship of former judges and formulated anti-conversion laws in their states to prevent religious conversion. The Badhwa Commission, Niyogi Commission and Venugopal Commission were formed which latter stressed the need for anti-conversion laws. Even the Supreme Court had made it clear that no one has the right of religious conversion.
Swami Hansdas said the Christian Missionaries are misguiding the Hindus and an anti-conversion law must be formulated before long by the government to prevent the conversion of Hindus, which is really the conversion of nationality. Appreciating the BJP government he said the people of the state hope that their aspirations would be fulfilled and the religion would also be protected. The government has already passed a bill for cow protection and strict punishment for those violating its provisions. In the same way an anti-conversion law is too expected to be formulated by the Khanduri government.
Shri Premchand Saini, Working president of the Manch regretted that Hindus have become minority in seven states of the country because of religious conversion. Hindus have become a minority in Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Nicobar and Arunachal Pradesh. The number of Christians is increasing unexpectedly because of religious conversion. About one lakh Christian priests are active in India for this purpose. This is an invisible attack on India by the missionaries.
Talking to Organiser Shri Bachi Singh Rawat, state BJP prersident, said the BJP government would certainly fulfill its promise of banning the religious conversion, which is the demand of the people of the state. Swami Chidanand Muni alleged that Christian missionaries are still indulging in religious conversion in the guise of social service. ?I think religious conversion is unconstitutional and inhumane,? he added.