A two-day convention of VHP’s Vanvasi and Girivasi Gram Pramukh belonging to Coimbatore and Nilgiri districts in Tamil Nadu was organised from November 28 to 29. Shri Mohan Joshi, central secretary of VHP and Smt Aruna Acharya of Nari Shakti Manch addressed the workers. The labourers working in the tea and coffee gardens of the districts also participated in the convention.
The conversion activities in this region have been going on since British period and that may be one of the reason there are churches even in remote villages of Tamil Nadu. Most of the people at managerial posts in tea gardens are Christians who normally misuse their posts and power to influence the labourers into Christianity. The labourers who refuse to come under their pressure are tortured through various means. There are attempts to convert Hindus into Christianity in this region through schools, hostels, dispensaries and hospitals.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Mohan Joshi described conversion as an invasion on Hindu society. He demanded ban on conversion in the name of service. He appealed the VHP workers to start various educational and medical activities in such regions.
Smt Aruna Acharya appealed to the women to impart Hindu samskars to their children right from the childhood. The activists of Arsh Vidypeeth also assured full support in the fight against conversion in this region.