Ghar Wapsi: Forced Mass Conversion To Hinduism
The purpose of a religion is to realize self actualization of a man! In other words, the true purpose of a religion is to ensure that each person reaches his true potential, goes beyond the temptations toward one honest truth – upliftment of himself.
With the recent trend of events, religion seems to be taking a completely different trend. For a long time I was very proud to know that Hinduism was one of the very few religions which did not have a format for conversion of people. It looks like I have been visibly proved wrong with the recent turn of events – In Agra where about 57 Muslim families have been mass converted into hindus with a promise to provide them ration cards, BPL facilities and more. The event was proudly hosted by Dharma Jagaran Manch and the Bajrang Dal.
I had always reckoned that the true essence of a religion lies in its tolerance and was also of the opinion that Hinduism was one of the most tolerant ones in the world. I was also of the opinion that Indians were the most civil when it came to various religions co-existing in the country because we come from a secular nation where we are used to the wide ranged diversity and perhaps learnt to respect different religions over the past 60 odd years from the time a secular culture was embedded in the constitution of India.
Perhaps this is why it is said that the way things work are a lot different than they appear on paper. I am highly appalled to look at the news which displays a headline –
200 Muslims converted into Hindus in Agra
Mass conversion into hinduism in Agra
Forced conversion in Agra
No matter what these headlines say, there sure is a lot deplorable about the news and the first few questions that come to my mind are
Why these conversions, why the intolerance?
Who gives these people the right to convert?
What do they think they are doing by a forced/coerced conversion? Are they creating ambassadors of their religion? If they are doing so, are these people who are forced going to be the fair ambassadors of the religion?
Are they trying to spread the message that if you have to survive well in a country, you have to be a Hindu?
Does Hinduism come with more privileges to humanity than any other religion on earth?
And above all,
What gives them the right? What gives these so called fundamentalists to stand on the neck of people and force them to do something which is against their accord? And what is the point in bribing someone into it?
And to know that these organizations are led by leaders who are looked up to by people and they are spreading a message of autonomy in a democratic country? What message does this send to the normal followers? Does it mean that I can convert anyone just because I don’t like them? Or maybe I don’t like a few things they do?
And where does this end?
– When all people are converted into one religion?
– Can something like that ever happen?
And before we answer that, aren’t we all bound by the one religion of humanity?
Enough is enough, people have talked about Islamophobia, people have cast Muslims in a bad shadow all along. Now to see something like this, the so called Hindus are not so different after all.
There will always be a few religious nuts out there to try and prove their helpless, sad points. But we are a country of people, of human beings who are a lot more important than a mere few practices they follow. It is about time that we step out of these old worn out shoes and start looking at something more sensible – the true meaning of any religion!
PS: A few searched items:
Ghar Wapsi meaning:
I was wondering what the meaning of Ghar Wapsi could be? I realize there have been a few searches which have led to this post with the tag word – ‘Ghar Wapsi meaning’. Well to my understanding, the literal translation comes to – Home coming.
In other words, I guess these fundamentalists believe the nation to be of their caste/clan and think that whoever has followed a different path is considered an alien or a foreigner who has lost touch with the ways of the land. As a result of which they have to be brought back home and these fundamentalists are assuming that they are doing it by doing a forced mass conversion.
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