Bhagwat Calls for Law Prohibiting Conversion
KOLKATA: The issue of religious conversion dominated the “Hindu Sammelan” organised by the VHP here on Saturday, with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasising that those Hindus, who “went astray” should be brought back and a law regarding religious conversions should be enacted by Parliament.
Addressing a huge gathering at Shahid Minar here Bhagwat said, “We don’t claim to own this land because it is our motherland. Hindus know how to fight against evil forces. Bharat was a Hindu state. Those who went astray should be brought back. They were looted or allured. Everyone has the right to retrieve their looted property.”
“Hindus do not want to convert others. Change comes from within. If some don’t like it, then make a law against it by passing it in Parliament. Hindus have no enemies but know how to fight for their own protection. Our resolve is the well being of all,” he explained.
The VHP kicked off its golden jubilee celebration with the public meeting from the metropolis and will organise four more rallies in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and Bengaluru. The countrywide programmes will culminate on September 6 at the “kumbh mela” in Nasik in Maharashtra on Janmasthami.
The RSS chief made it clear that protection of Hindus would be the main agenda of the Sangh Parivar in the near future. “Hindus never suppressed anyone in the world, and need not fear if they are strong in their determination and perform Hindu practices.”
“Hindus are tolerating too much and even our Gods had mentioned that there was a limit to tolerance. Our resolve is to protect everyone from terrorism. Why should we fear? This is our own country. If Hindus turn around, evil forces will cease to exist. Hindus are being terrorised but you should shed self-interest, come forward and be patriotic to protect others,” he said.
The meeting had a large dais adorned with large photographs of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.