Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s infamous Ghar Wapsi programme has returned to threaten the right to religion of the people of India. The organisation claimed that it has performed ‘Ghar Wapasi’ for 53 tribal families in Jharkhand.
The initiative was a part of the RSS’s Christianity-free” block campaign in Jharkhand’s Arki, Hindustan Times reported. According to the RSS, these tribals were from Sindri panchayat which has been “hijacked” by Christian missionaries over the last 10 years.
RSS leader Laxman Singh Munda, who is spearheading the campaign told Hindustan Times that the outfit will establish a Christianity-free” block.
“You cannot call it conversion. We are only bringing our lost brothers and sisters back to their religion.”
The families underwent ‘Shuddhikaran’, or a purification ceremony performed by Hindu priests. Munda alleged that the tribals were lured into Christianity by the missionaries. He also claimed that the Ghar Wapsi programme continue through the month of April.
Jharkhand, which has a significant tribal population has seen an increase in those converting to Christianity. According to the latest census data, of Jharkhand’s 3.2 crore population, 67.8% or 2.2 crore are Hindu and 4.3% or 14.1 lakh are Christian.
RSS and its affiliate groups have been performing Ghar Wapasi, which they say is not conversion, but returning to one’s original roots.
In 2014, the mass reconversions had sparked controversy over allegation of intimidation and threats by rightwing groups on minority communities. IndiaTimes