This news is a few months old but it wasn’t given any media coverage. It is important to highlight this so that people know how non-Hindu missionaries work to spread propaganda and convert Hindus. This is also a supreme example of how if Hindus stand shoulder-to-shoulder they can evade this ever-growing threat to Hinduism.

Fifty villages in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region have stopped the entry of non-Hindu missionaries, especially Christians. This was due to active and aggressive campaigning by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Suresh Yadav, Bastar district president of the VHP, said that over 50 gram panchayats in Bastar have passed orders under Section 129 (G) of the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Raj Act banning all ‘non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers and speeches in the villages.’

A passage from the order read: “To stop the forced conversion by some outsider religious campaigners and to prevent them from using derogatory language against Hindu deities and customs, the Sirisguda Gram Sabha bans religious activities such as prayers, meetings and propaganda of all non-Hindu religions.”

Sirisguda saw disputes when Christian families refused to give donation for an annual Hindu religious festival. Sirisguda sarpanch claimed that not only did these families refuse donations, they even used derogatory language against Hindu gods. This led to the banning of non-Hindu missionaries in these villages.

The problem of Hindu conversion is rampant in India. The worst aspect is that missionaries use guile to lure poor Hindus into converting. They even give them food, money or clothes and make greater promises of prosperity if they convert from Hinduism.

This has led to worsening of demographics in many states such as West Bengal and Kerala, and some North-Eastern states. Natural growth of religion is acceptable and that is what it should be like. But forced conversions of the poor who are already following Hinduism with false promises must be stopped. Hopefully more Hindus will rise in this manner to this grave issue and stand up together. It is essential for the long-term sustenance of Hinduism.


Vinayak Jain

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