The World Hindu Federation alleged that missionaries are doing religious conversion across Assam, especially in the tribal areas.
Guwahati: Take two bundles of aluminium sheets and a few pairs of warm clothes and be Christian. This sounds like a February offer by some company. But it is not; it is the Christian missionaries' offer to the poor tribal villagers in Assam. Just 30 kilometres away from capital Dispur, there were 3 Hindu villages inside the Amsang forest. The three villages had 130 Hindu families of the Garu tribal community.
The villages are remote and are situated amid hills, so it has a communication problem. The Christian missionaries came close to the villagers during the pandemic and offered them some help. But slowly, the missionaries started their own business of conversion. They offered two bundles of aluminium sheets and some ward clothes during the winter and asked the villagers to convert to Christianity.
Now 128 families out of 130 in the three villages are converted to Christianity, reports the local media. The three villages, namely Sampathar, Longdangguri and Suwali Lukuwa Khal, are now fully converted. Ex village head Bhupedra Changma told the media that a father came a few years ago and offered some help to the poor villagers. Now they offer goods to the villagers, and they convert to Christianity. Only two families of the villages remain Hindu till now, but they are compelled to change their religion to remain in the locality. The villagers now disagree to talk to any outsider. World Hindu Federation Assam Pradesh General Secretary Balen Baishya alleged that missionaries are doing religious conversion across Assam, especially in the tribal areas. Missionaries initially offer help and then convert the poor tribal people by deceit. The religious conversion picked up in the state during the pandemic, Baishya added.
The Christian missionaries continue large-scale religious conversion in upper Assam using deceit and temptation, alleged World Hindu Federation, Assam. The WHF urged the government to stop such illegal religious conversion by enacting proper laws. Conversion is taking place by luring poor sanatani people in the name of providing medical, educational facilities and financial benefits. The conversion pace is so high that there are now 66 Churches in the Vaishnavite cultural hub Majuli against 34 Sattras.