‘Ghar Wapsi’: VHP converts 96 Christians in Tripura

NEW DELHI: Mass conversion by Hindu Jagaran Manch and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has taken place in the state of Tripura where around 96 Christians converted to Hinduismn.

According to The Indian Express reports on Monday, the ‘Ghar Wapsi’ of Christians from 23 Adivasi families took place at an event organised by the Hindutva outfits on Sunday Kailashahar in Unakoti district, around 150 km from Tripura’s capital Agartala.

“They were Hindus at the beginning,” Hindu Jagaran Manch leader Makhan Lal Nath told the newspaper. “Nine years back, these 96 persons of 23 families from Rachipara area were converted to Christianity. They wished to be reconverted to Hinduism and a ‘yajna [holy pyre]’ was organised to convert them back and respect their wishes.”

Most of the people reverted were labourers of Jharkhand and Bihar.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier claimed that conversions of large number of people from one religion to another were a matter of concern and needed to be checked. “If you are Hindu be Hindu, Muslim be Muslim, Christian be Christian,” he said at an event organised by a Christian organisation in Delhi.

Singh, talking about the Christian community, said, “I would also say one thing on the Christian community. We do not want to level allegations against anybody. You may have also heard. If somebody wants to accept a religion, he should do that. There should not be any objection to it. But if mass conversion starts happening, large number of people start changing their religion, then it could be a matter of concern for any country.”