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Indian PM refuses to address conversion controversy ‎

Religious re-conversion ceremony in India.  - REUTERS

Religious re-conversion ceremony in India. - REUTERS

19/12/2014 16:04

Despite calls by opposition parties, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not go before parliament to address the issue of forced conversions by Hindu nationalist groups.  The opposition on Friday continued its demand for a statement by Prime Minister ‎Narendra Modi on the issue of conversions, disrupting zero hour in the Rajya Sabha.  For its part, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu radical paramilitary group, announced that Christmas reconversions planned for Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) were not cancelled, only postponed to the end of 2014.  After the conversion to Hinduism of about 300 Muslims in exchange for food and money, the opposition in parliament slammed the ruling ultranationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is closely connected to the RSS and the Bajrang Dal, groups responsible for violent acts against ethnic and religious minorities across the country.    The RSS has pledged to reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families "before the end of the year". 

19/12/2014 16:04