The biggest problem the Hindu society is facing is that of religious conversion activities carried out by the missionaries. The main target of these are the uneducated and poor Hindus but now it seems like the job of missionaries won’t be a cake’s walk.
Now an entire village in Gujarat has decided not to let any of the Christians into the village. The banners and boards that are put outside the village read “Christi dharm parnara tamam bhai-behano Gandeva Haripura faliya ma baharno koipan vyakti e faliya ma pravesh karvo nahi (All the outsider brothers-sisters of Christian religion, should not enter into Haripura street).”.
This incident took place in Navsari district’s Gandeva village which has a huge number of tribals. This village has a population of 7,500 and majority of the villagers are from Halpati community, a Scheduled Tribe.
Jayanti Mistry, the deputy sarpanch of the village said “Local Hindus are fed up with the spread of Christianity in our village. At present, there are over 900 Christians in our village. There are 70 tribal houses, out of which 12 families have converted to Christianity. On every Sunday morning, Christian priests from different neighbouring districts come and preache Christianity, and lures innocent tribals to get converted into Christianity”.
Even the village sarpanch Satish Katariya slammed the conversion racket and said “the conversion began around eight years ago when first prayer hall of Christians was built”. He added “Five years later, a second prayer hall was built, then the third prayer hall was built on Hathwada street, and the fourth prayer hall was built around one and half year ago on Kharel street. Local Hindu tribals do not want that such prayer hall to be built on Haripura street. So, they may have hanged such banners. Those who convert to Christianity are farm labourers or do petty jobs”.
While the banners and boards put up against the conversion activities have come to the notice of the local police. Sub-Inspector B L Raizada said “We visited the village and talked to the residents of Haripura street, where such banners have been put up. We spoke to Hindu tribals and those who have converted. They all have given assurance that there would no problem of law and order in the village. We have not told the villagers to bring the banners or board down. Some of the villagers are against the outsiders spreading Christianity. Therefore, such boards and banners have installed by them”.