Stop forced conversion, people must declare faith change: RSS

Stop forced conversion, people must declare faith change: RSS

The Sangh would welcome the passing of any anti-conversion bill, RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said. (PTI)

DHARWAD: The RSS said on Saturday that forced religious conversion should stop and those who change their faith should announce it. The Sangh also said it would welcome the passing of any anti-conversion bill.

“People who are converted have to announce that they have converted. There are people who get converted and do not disclose that they have converted. They take double benefits,” RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said at a press conference here.

He was talking to reporters at the conclusion of the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) meeting here.

He said the RSS per se was not opposed to voluntary conversion from one religion to another but the forced conversion by minority communities just to increase their numbers was not acceptable. The opposition by minority communities to the anti-conversion law reveals their intention. Already 10 states have passed the law and so has the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. In

Karnataka , let the law be passed. If there are shortcomings, amendments can be made. It is not correct to oppose the law even before it is passed,” Hosabale said.

Replying to a question on Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Pope, the RSS functionary said there was nothing wrong in the PM of a country meeting dignitaries or heads of other countries as that would enhance India’s prestige. To a query on the population policy, Hosabale said every nation should have a population policy that should be applicable to all. He added that the Sangh had passed a resolution to this effect a few years ago. To another question, Hosabale said the BJP-led central government has already stated that it will bring a uniform civil code and hoped that it would keep its word.

Asked about the proposal to ban firecrackers during Deepavali, he said environmental protection is a major concern and should be an ongoing activity. “Why does this question arise only during Deepavali? If it is to be banned there should be a comprehensive plan. Banning crackers just ahead of the festival will lead to a major loss to manufacturers and traders and hit those working in cracker factories,” he said.

Hosabale, reacting to Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai’s remark that moral policing is a reaction to an action, said nobody should take the law into their hands. “However, when someone’s feelings are hurt, there is bound to be a reaction. But that does not justify taking the law into their hands” he asserted.

RSS shakhas across the country which were not fully operational during the Covid-19 will now resume activities in full swing while following Covid protocol. The RSS has also planned to expand its activities to areas that did not have its shakhas. In Nagaland and Mizoram, the percentage of Hindu population is very small and hence the number of shakhas is small there. In Meghalaya, the RSS is engaged in social service while in Ladakh there is a shakha. Lakshadweep has a unit that meets once in a week, he said.

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