PATNA: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the India’s ruling BJP, has launched an intensive “ghar wapsi” (home coming) campaign in mineral-rich Jharkhand state to get Christians into their “original religion”.
Under part of this drive, 53 Christian families in the state have returned to Hindu fold in the past one month. All these families were settled in five tribal-dominated villages in Sindri panchayat, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
According to the RSS leaders, these families were “hijacked” by the Christian missionaries over the past one decade. The RSS is currently engaged in campaign aimed at “freeing” each block from Christian missionaries.
“You can’t call it conversion. We are only bringing our lost brothers and sisters back to their religion,” a local RSS leader Laxman Singh Munda was quoted as saying in the paper on Tuesday.
He added, “We want a Christianity-free block. The villagers will very soon return to their roots”.
Over the years, scores of tribal villagers have embraced Christianity in Jharkhand and the state government has expressed serious concern over what it calls “forced conversion”.
Last year, around 500 Dalits who embraced Christianity returned to Hinduism in Bihar. Their ‘ghar-wapsi’ followed a prayer function organized by Dharma Jagran Samanvaya, affiliated to the RSS.
All the Dalits who had converted to Christianity belonged to Chaugain village under Dumraon sub-division in Buxur district.