A Close Look at 'Ghar Wapsi'

By Antony Cony D'Souza, Karkala/Qatar

Jan 13: 'Ghar Wapsi' is a polite word but has impolite, imposing ambitions; terror, of a sort. On 18th December 2014, the official National Minorities Day, Rajeshwar Singh, the head of the Dharm Jagran Manch (Faith Awakening Forum) declared on national television news channels that the Manch had set a 2021 deadline to cleanse India of the “alien Islam and Christianity”. Another group said Christians would not be allowed in the Himalayan regions, sacred to the Hindus. The hate speeches went viral on social media, and then in major newspapers across the country.

Recently an open invitation was served in a golden platter to Christians and Muslims, to get re-converted and to re-embrace the religion of the land - Hinduism; a Way of Life from where people were historically scattered due to persecution or allurements to embrace foreign religions, Christianity and Islam. Ghar Wapsi calls to get reconverted. Let us understand them as such - "birds return to their nest without anybody’s interference, animals walk back to their dwellings spontaneously, then why our own people hesitate to return to their home religion – Hinduism"; it is the working hypothesis behind Ghar Wapsi.

Ghar Wapsi is not a new movement but old wine served in a new bottle. In the past few weeks, there has been lot of heat on the subject of RSS and bits of Sangh Parivar. The Parivar is a very large and almost omni-present family of pro-Hindu organisations created by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh in the past two decades, of which the Dharma Jagran Manch, the Bajrang Dal and the powerful Vishwa Hindu Parishad are among the more prominent groups. By Ghar Wapsi or reconversion of Christians or Muslims to Hinduism, the impression created is as if the RSS has started this new campaign. But this is not true. Let us refer to a quote here from the website of Arya Samaj, about the origin of 'Ghar Wapsi' movement - “The Arya Samaj opposed conversion of Hindus to Islam and Christianity. Arya Samaj advocated reconversion of recent converts back to Hinduism. Arya Samaj launched shuddhi movement to bring non-Hindus back to Hinduism this process was called shuddhi."

The above makes it clear that the movement to get people back into Hinduism is older than RSS. Everyone grows up in their own faith and has ethos of their own. For the Christian, Jesus is the Saviour. For the Muslim, Muhammad is the last prophet. For the Buddhist, life is suffering. For the older Thervada Buddhist school, there was only one Buddha. In the latter Mahayana Buddhist school, there were many Buddhas. For the Hindu, there is rebirth. For the Shaivite, Shiva can break the cycle of rebirth. For the Vaishnavite, Vishnu is the cycle breaker. For the Jain, the world has no beginning or ending. For the secularist, religion is bad. For the capitalist, money is good. For the communist, the haves oppress the have-nots. For patriarchy, heterosexual men are superior. For the atheist, god is fiction. For the scientist, that which is measurable is real. Therefore, religion, conversion and reconversion will adversely affect the social/religious psyche of the people, at best one would say, Ghar Wapsi is a delicate issue that should be carefully treaded upon.

Has Narendra Modi's ascent to power provided a fillip to such "reconversion" efforts? It reflects on the manner in which Indian politics is shaping up after the BJP and its close associates ascended to power.

RSS affiliated groups have launched a campaign to convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism, a process they call Ghar Wapsi, or homecoming on the argument that every Indian is actually a Hindu, and Christians and Muslims are those who have strayed, or have been bought over by missionaries. Sangh’s ‘Ghar Wapsi’ event is in full swing in Gujarat, declared portal of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. 'VHP Continues its 'Ghar Wapsi', Converts Over 100 Christians in Gujarat' declared NDTV. The same trends are set nationwide especially in Hyderabad, Telangana, Aligarh, Goa, and Kerala. In the last six months alone, over 8,000 people in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been reconverted to Hinduism under the aegis of the VHP’s 'Ghar Wapsi' programme.

At this juncture, everyone thought PM Narendra Modi was becoming ‘Moun Modi’ like his predecessor who was called as 'Moun Singh’. Reasons could be both were and are helplessly operating from their respective power base - Congress and RSS. Right-wing organizations, including VHP and RSS, were creating trouble for the Narendra Modi government through their "religious programmes". BJP won Lok Sabha polls and formed the government at the Centre with the backing of right-wing Hindu organisations like VHP, RSS and Bajrang Dal. Modi is talking about real development while his allies are stressing upon development through Ghar Wapsi. While the Center is maintaining that it will take everybody along, the Sangha Parivar groups are speaking about taking everybody along with them through Ghar Wapsi. At any cost, at this stage, PM Modi will never permit anyone to derail his business, his house of order called Development. Recently, a clearly annoyed PM Modi applied firm control dictating RSS to quietly dump 'Ghar Wapsi' pointsman Rajeshwar Singh who is at the centre of the controversial reconversion programme in Uttar Pradesh that derailed last month's winter session of Parliament and dented the Narendra Modi-led government's pro-development image in the recent weeks. Rajeshwar Singh, a 55-year-old RSS pracharak who single-handedly steered the Ghar Wapsi, has also led its Dharm Jagran campaign since 1996.

There are other prominent leaders on whom PM Modi hesitates to prevail upon but isassertive. “Hinduism doesn’t accept conversions. Hindus try to reverse conversions,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said, inaugurating a Rs 18 crore convention centre of the RSS in Kerala, the first of its kind in that enlightened state. “Conversions are not necessary. If you have the basic human values, what you wear, what you eat and what you pray all these are immaterial," he said. Calling for a new law to stop religious conversion, he said the Scheduled Tribes, who convert to Christianity, should be debarred from the benefits of reservation. Furthermore, "Prevalent untouchability in society is breeding conversion and a ‘samras samaj’ (casteless society) is possible only by stamping out the menace. Discriminations based on caste and religion do not end even after converting to Christianity or Islam hence conversion is no solution to end discriminations." To promote unity in the society, he suggested, all communities should together celebrate birth/death anniversaries of great saints of all religions. Bhagwat said he would ask RSS regional heads to organise an ‘All Religion Unity Meeting’ at block level.

Another leader, VHP's Praveen Togadia holds that 'Ghar Wapsi' is not conversion, demanding a legislation to ban religious conversions. He pointed out that the Constitution is against conversions and that the Supreme Court had also made this clear in 1977. The Supreme Court has also given a judgment that Hinduism is a way of life. "If a person adopts western, Chinese or Japanese way of life, it can`t be called religious conversions. Similarly, if a group becomes Hindu and adopts Hindu way of life, it can`t be called conversion," he argued. Togadia claimed that "Ghar Wapsi" is going on in the country for 700 years and hence there is nothing new in it. "Ghar Wapsi is not against the Constitution or law. They have a right to make a homecoming," said the VHP leader. He also disagreed that "Ghar Wapsi" would affect the process of development of the country. "In fact, this will hasten development. World over it is accepted that economic development will be better under cultural ethos. Culture is the driving force for economic development," he said.

Common Civil Code is interesting, seemingly a good thing, but rooted in the unsubstantiated premise that Muslims can marry four wives at a time, are breeding too fast, and will outnumber the Hindus soon. The law will also impact Christian personal laws and customs, particularly in rural populations where tradition and custom are the glue that holds their society together.

As John Dayal, journalist and civil rights activist who supports minorities, pointed out in an article for UCAN, "The federal minister for education, former TV actress Smriti Boman Irani, has ordered a revision of text books, particularly of history, to incorporate more ancient Indian traditions including references to Hindu sacred texts.

Various important councils in the ministry are now chaired by luminaries wedded to the thesis that India is the fountainhead of all knowledge in the world. The BJP and the minister hold that Hindu sacred texts are a 5,000-year-old source of knowledge on such diverse subjects as plastic surgery, aviation, nuclear weaponry and genetic engineering.

Her officials issued orders earlier this month that Christmas Day will now be called “Good Governance Day” to mark the birthday of — not Jesus — but former BJP prime minister Vajpayee who is now critically ill and has not been seen in public for several years. Academic institutions from junior schools to universities were to keep their doors open and organize social programs for students. Christmas was not to be a holiday any more. An outcry by Church and civil society, an acrimonious clash in parliament where Modi still does not have a majority in the Upper House, forced the government to dilute the order.

"Christmas remains a holiday, but the “educational” programs and activities will also be held, with principals and officials told to report to the government that they did indeed comply with the order.

"Muslims and Christians feel they are being strangled by a tightening noose, in the villages and small towns by Sangh cadres who have the police on their side, and nationally by the federal and state governments who seem to endorse the hate campaigns and the violence.

"But for civil society, the threat is to India’s constitution, which has evolved as a great international democratic document that protects the country’s hundreds of cultures, languages, races and many faiths. All too many people in office and heading Sangh groups have said that the constitution is an inheritance from Britain that has no place in Hindu Rashtra, the Land of the Hindus," Dayal writes.

Far from this Ghar Wapsi there is another 'Ghar Wapsi highly moving on'; the other face of the same coin. Maharashtra OBC says, 'India was a Buddhist country: plan 'Ghar Wapsi' from Hinduism'. While Sangh Parivar is "spearheading ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programmes across India with the intention to bring Christians and Muslims into the fold of Hinduism, several groups of Hindus in Maharashtra are mulling converting to Buddhism. In fact, several Hindus in the state have registered for the process of conversion. According to Satyashodhak OBC Parishad, around 1600 families have registered with it for conversion. This includes a large number of OBCs, apart from a few Brahmin and Maratha families," writes Vishmas Waghmode in 'First Post'.

"We aim to register around 5 lakh people for conversion in Maharashtra till 2016. There are five crore OBCs among the 12 crore people in the state. We think we can easily achieve the target of converting 5 lakh people by 2016," president Hanumant Upre of Satyashodhak OBC Parishad is quoted in the First Post report.

As per the above report, in 2007, around one lakh people were converted to Buddhism in Mumbai. The majority of the people who converted to Buddhism were tribals, nomadic tribes and other communities apart from the followers of dalit writer and Sahitya Akademin winner Laxman Mane. Mane himself converted to Buddhism in October 2006. J V Pawar, renowned Dalit writer, said that the social awareness among the OBC community, who have been practicing Hinduism, seems to have increased in the past few years. "While the OBCs got reservation, they now realise that they need to rid themselves of the caste system in Hinduism. Due to the caste system, Dr B R Ambedkar, the Dalit icon, also converted to Buddhism," Pawar said.

The caste system in India is a system of social stratification that eventually led to Sanskritization. Hindu society has different layers of different varnas,the jātis (castes) are thought of as being grouped into four varnas - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras. Certain groups, now known as "Dalits", were excluded from the varna system altogether, ostracized as untouchables. In Hinduism no one can be converted to high caste Brahmin. No collection of wealth can be made by a Shudra even though he may be capable of it. Brahmin can take Shudra's property by force.

Hindu conversionsconversions took place not only because of foreign religions but because of caste system as well.

Due to Brahmins' discrimination of Shudras, Hindus converted to Jainism from 850 BC, and to Buddhism from 500 BC. Buddhism was born in India but stamped out of India by Brahmins. Due to this discrimination Hinduism did not flourish in India as much as Buddhism spread in the entire East Asia. The main obstacle for anybody wanting to become Hindu is caste which is even so today.

Are VHP and RSS doing an incredibly good job of reconversion without studying or without waging a war on castism lest this would only move them in the opposite direction? Therefore, first all, the political, religious leaders and scholars must come together and find ways to kill the caste system in its present form and get the Brahmin community to come together and accept the backward community in India as their equal and provide them access to their temples and priests as they do. If that is done, half of the job of 'Ghar Wapsi' is made easy, ground work is laid for the grand re-entry of those people who were subject to discrimination and humiliation during all these centuries due to which poorer Hindus gave into new religion for material benefit and for social recognition and status.

Writes John Dayal in his blog, "Many analysts have said that Mr Modi rides two horses. One is the development and good governance agenda, which he has repeatedly articulated as his mantra in Gujarat and in New Delhi since he became prime minister. The other remains Hindutva, the right-wing, hyper-nationalist argument of supremacy that posits Hindus as the sole inheritors of the Indian civilization and culture... If the development agenda fails, Mr Modi will have to ride full gallop on the Hindutva horse, if he wants to win the next elections in 2019." That is the risk. It will not be easy for a development agenda to succeed miraculously in the circumstances that the Indian economy finds itself in this globalized world.

Minorities have so far not woken up to this argument, their religious heads at the grassroots level have not been educated to challenge the thesis.They are also ignorant, if not entirely impotent, in how to respond the Ghar Wapsi movement.

What if Ghar Wapsi is followed globally, for example, if the USA or the UK insist on Ghar Wapsi to reconvert from Hinduism to Christianity? Can they do it? If yes, what would be the reaction of the Indian Government?

In the spirit of debate, let us discuss if Ghar Wapsi can bring the desired results or not.

Does Ghar Wapsi (GW) improve their living conditions? NO
Does GW get them out of poverty? NO
Do their kids get better education? NO Will there be social security to them? NO
Do their ill and sick get treated in a special way? Majority of them NO
Will they will be socially recognized? NO, but people like Julio Ribeiro, former commissioner of police, Mumbai, and ex-DGP Punjab, might Yes, who ae deeply contemplating on Ghar Wapsi
Do their relatives change? NO
Do their friends change? NO
Does it change their food and eating habits? NO
Do they get developed economically? NO
Does it change their outlook towards India or society? NO
Will they vote for the party you support? Doubtful
Will the changes will be officially inducted into the national survey? Uncertain
By reconversion will they achieve 100% Hinduism? NO
Will they fetch a good job that easily? NO
After Ghar Wapsi will they be treated at par with the caste conscious Hindus or will they have to live lifelong with further discrimination? Can their belief in God change completely? Doubtful
Will they get marriage partners that easily? NO

It is said that D’Souzas were converted by Portuguese from Brahmin sect (it is my assumption, could be true, difficult to prove). In such a case, if I get reconverted will I be admitted in the upper layer of the society enjoying similar social, religious status of the Brahmins? NO
Does every converted soul from Hindu soil have the right to move on with Ghar Wapsi? Answer is yours !

Ghar Wapsi might help if Hinduism came under threat or extinction in future. At the moment it makes up more than 85% of the total population. Christianity’s statistical growth is negligible since Independence but objectively Islam might have grown proportionally due to their polygamy/bigamy factors and by discouraging family planning. Either case, total ban on conversionsconversions would be the ideal solution than the controversial Ghar Wapsi programme which might give way to social unrest and continuous sense of insecurity to the minorities.


Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed in the above article are those of the author alone.


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  • Adv.Anand Pande, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Well...author indeed has done a great job by analysis of futility of Gharwapsi and also if Gharwapsi done that will still be a question in which caste a particular person will go ? Also author mentioned a List of benefits in Questionnaire form of GW. .. However first thing we need to know that Constitution of India gives complete right to any person to convert to any religion he likes...so same rule is applicable to people who want to embrace Hinduism...in fact there are catena of Supreme Court Judgements where Christians or Muslim's who converted to Hinduism have been absorbed by their respective castes which their ancestors belonged to theirby filing petitions for benefits of SC/ST given to them as per their prayer to the Courts..... now author also needs to ask same questions to these so called Christian Missionaries especially from Churches like Seventh Day Adventists,New life fellowship,Jehova witness etc who convert poor gullible people in remote parts of India in the name of FAKE HEALING or CHANGAI SABHA and so on..... so does it actually cure that person of any diseases -No, does it improve his standard of living - No, does it elevate him from poverty - No.... I'm sure other answers of same thing which he questioned on Gharwapsi will also will be NO ..... so more or less if Minorities stop their dirty game of Proselytising in name of Spreading Gospel to unreached or worshippers of Satan etc or giving Dawat of Deen to Kafirs etc then automatically their will be No Gharwapsi. ..... but just because if a Hindu converts to Christianity or Islam then it is all good but if same Christian decides to reconverted back to Hindu then it is unconstitutional is nothing but Hypocrisy. ..

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  • Hilary Tellis, Karkala/ Bahrain

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    Dear Cony, Very analytical article on Ghar Wapsi. It is not important that we were converted from Hindu (my ancestors) or was belonging to any other religion. In my perspective what is important is, what I am now? As long as you live a good life, help the needy, help in giving something back to the society and spread peace around your neighborhood irrespective religion. This is what our religion teaches us. Since my childhood, I never thought about my friend’s religion who was sitting next to me in the class. Why these questions arise now? I don’t think a person who lived a better family life, will think about gar wapsi. Gar Wapsi is possible with illiterate poor people, who are weak in their faith. But not possible with present Christians or Muslims, who are educated and living a better life then most of the Hindus who never knows the path of their religion. Ghar Wapsi is a flop programme by RSS or Vishwa hindu Parishad. Modi Govt should concentrate on development and put ban on such programmes.

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  • Mohan M. Sehrighar, Bantawal

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    Super Appreciations. Best of Luck. Please appear regularly in this column Sir.

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  • Edmond Noronha, Kirem-Sharjah

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Hello Mr. Antony
    Truly you are humble and straightforward in your approach.
    Your reply to the readers, is the best I have seen in recent years.
    Keep highlighting the social issues.
    Best of luck

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Dear Devadas Kamath P/ Bangalore, Thank you very much for welcoming but you have to remember that you are welcoming those who have lost path in their Journey and not those found the better path. If they are in better path, do you think you have to bring them back to that path that they left and happy with their present path? I do not think it would be fair for anybody to force them to choose path in a civilised world. I guess now each person knows his rights and I guess everyone have to respect their decisions/choices whether it is having marriage or not, marrying one who belongs to another caste/religion or not and choosing their religion, deciding how many children they want(not a MP who is sitting in UP) deciding where the children should study ..etc..etc..

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  • Siddhartha R. Devadiga, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Are you disturbed you people of little faith. Do not worry, there is no question of wapsi in the country, whose constitution is secular. Hindu who constitute 85% of total population, may be only 20% are of belief of Ghar Wapsi. Rest of all are educated who are secular in thinking and practice.

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  • A. S. Matehw, U.S.A.

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    I do agree with you 101%. The 65% of the peace loving secular minded Hindus will raise their voice one day against the 20% who are sowing the seeds of division and friction in India.

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  • Marcel Condrad, Karkala / Cyprus

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    @ Siddarth R. Devadiga I am marvelled at your initiative, the way you REMINDED our folk with a scripture. Great Man !

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  • Devadas Kamath P., Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    What is wrong if you people come back home after your journey or lost for some time?? We welcome you brother and sisters do not bother about their Hindutva agenda

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  • Alexander P Menezes, Karkala/Dubai

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Dear Devadas Kamath P/ Bangalore, I must thank you and appreciate you welcoming those who have lost path in their Journey and you are calling them back wholeheartedly. Could you please confirm what kind of Status these Wapasi people will get in your religion? Will they get the equal status like you enjoy in the society or you have other statuses reserved for them. Would you allow them to enter the Temples of Worship or build different temples for them to worship God.To be honest with you, they currently enjoy the equal status of worship in Churches and Mosques. So unless and until there is better status and uniformity in your Religion, the Ghar Wapasi will be discussed at a length.

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  • Justing Lobo, Bangalore, KSA

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    @Devadas Kamath P., Bangalore
    Athithi Devobhava is not Ghar Vapsi.

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  • Kaithan Peter G. Mathias, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    @ Devadas Kamath. Are you aware of our secular constitution. We are residing in our home country adopted to our constitution. Your invitation you can send to Buddhist who are leaving Hinduism in lacs. Just study why they are leaving and answer me.

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  • Faris Mukthar M. , Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Believe in you and Believe in God.
    After some time you will not find them, even if search them. They will all fall like pack of Cards along with their Govt. God can do that my friends.

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  • Sangita S., Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    I am from Hindu community. My parents admitted me in a Christian institution. They never thought about religion when it came to education or that sort. They demonstrated secularism in their thought, words and deeds. Today, I am very happy possessing a secular outlook. Therefore, I can give no meaning to Wapsi.

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  • Aravind, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Because of majority hindus this country remain secular country..

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  • Michele Frank , Mangalore/Ireland

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    Great Mam. One candle can give light to thousands candles. Let your tribe increase in our Nation.

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  • Gopi S. Naik, Mangalore/Cambridge

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Certain underprivileged Hindu communities such as the Dalits and the Valmikis are using 'Ghar wapsi' as a bargaining chip or BARTAR SYSTEM to demand better treatment. Therefore, Hindu Faith would be matter of materialism and not abut faith or religion.

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  • Jai Prasad Shet , Mangalore/Indor

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    This is a land millions of Hindus live but that does not make this a ‘Hindu land’. This is a land of various belief systems, including religious ones and has always been that way. The Adivasis as the expression itself indicates are probably one of the earliest inhabitants of this land. Are they Hindu? Most certainly not. So, is their system of faith the real ghar? A Hindu should be a matured enough to lead.

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  • Padavan G. Nair , Calicut

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    People have over centuries converted and reconverted without questioning or without hesitation . I mean to say conversion not between faiths but even within faiths. The rejection of Vaishnavism to convert or to embrace Saivism is also a conversion since it involves the replacing of one set of beliefs and practices with another. In this case which is their Ghar and how it will be Wapsi. Very funny. Instead of narrowing down Ghar W. with Christianity and Islam, it is good to talk about G. Wapsi in general sense too. Why Not ??. After it all it a matter of faith if not quantity to fill the Ghar.

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  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Good article Antony Cony Sir. Nowadays the religion become a vote bank for political parties. Voters were devided into two categories. Fanatics who were supporting the parties who ask votes in the name of God or religion. Others who were voting considering parties or candidates. Eventhough the Hindus were more than 80% of total population, they never supported a single party. When BJP had Ram Janma Bhumi as their election slogan they always lost as the number of fanatics were less than those of open minded. This time they won because of "black money Ghar Wapsi" and development slogans and very soon will disappear from people's mind if they continue "religious Ghar Wapsi".

    According to me religion is only to educate people to know what is wrong and what is right. finally on the judgement day, God will never ask what is our religion or how many hours we spent praying. He will consider only our deeds/what we have done for others. It is foolishness fighting in the name of religion and forcing others to change religion. With religious sacraments or conversions, one can not change a person unless he/she want to change and if some one want to change for good, no religion can stop them.

    It is time to watch and understand eye opening movies such as "PK" or "Oh My God" once again and find real God who created us and not the one who is created by us for our selfish goals. The real Ghar Wapsi is opening our doores widely and welcoming needy people to our home and serving the real needy peoples. Also remember not to make people lazy by giving them which is not required.

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  • Dora Sunitha, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Andrea Lobo, It is your answer of the Day. You gave fitting reply. Crying babies must be kept outside the disciplined school.

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  • Mahesh Prajith K., Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    You are correct Aam Indian. In a nut shell, story is going to be true to be true. PM is riding two horses. If development fails to click, will develop more of Hindutva. Gar Wapsi is one of its several agenda. Perhaps more to come soon including more dangerous one Civil Code.

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  • Dora Sunitha, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    The best answer of the day - fitting reply. Crying babies must be kept out of the disciplined schools.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Australia

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    I agree with the article but, being Mangalorean catholic, I am in a fix. Let me explain. We the Catholics of Mangalore take pride in surnames of Shenoy, Prabhu, kamath ect. thus acknowledging our Hindu ancestry. Our ancestors were Hindus for thousands of years but got converted forcibly to Christianity by the Portuguese about 400 years back. I am used to believing in one supreme god vs lots of gods and goddesses( I like that) beef vs baji, soro vs plain water and many other things. regardless, out of respect for our ancestors who worshipped Hindu gods, I would like to remain silent.

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Dear Friends,
    I am sincerely grateful to Daijiwrold and all of you who are the loyal readers of Daijiworld with whom I am got connected by this article. Society keeps on evolving conversion and reconversion is part of it at times it is a healthy sign and at time it is not but State must wake up to it.
    I Thank to the ones who encouraged me by their positive comments…. your feedback means the world to me. It is a humbling and deeply gratifying exercise.
    To the ones who wrote passionately a bit negative reviews ... your feedback challenges me to write more effectively in the future. You are my true motivators. Thank you!
    To all those who are my close friends who encouraged me let’s keep up via Facebook and twitter, I'm grateful for our connections. Thank you!

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  • Aam Indian, M'lore/Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    I agree to most things that Mr.D'souza writes but not at all that Modi is not a part of this scheme. The fringe elements in BJP and Sangh Pariwar are being told by Modi himself to raise these issues because it is a good ploy to catch votes of Hindu's. This two pronged strategy works so beautifully for BJP and Modi is very much a part of it.So you saying Modi dislikes these idea because he is for devlopment is wrong. Modi's first mission is to take power in his hand in all states and he is winning because he has already marginalized the minorities and brought a perfect devide between majority hindus and minorities. His silence is the sign of approval for all the fringe. BJP is playing a dangerous game and when they fully come to power all over india, the seculars and minorities will have to run for their lives.The irresponsible and ruthless media is helping him in all areas.

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  • Glenn Spencer S. , Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    Hi Hi Aam Indian, Mangalore/Bahrain...
    You are right.
    In fact PM, one of the founder member of GW movement.
    He is operating it under disguise and silently mesmerizing it. He needs it for Hindu Electorate, he thinks
    Please do not take him under the face value, it is a bluff my brethren. Pray for him and his party.

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  • jimmy noronha, Bellore/Lucknow

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    I know a lot of time, energy and effort have gone into this beautiful article of yours that concerns you, me and all. I tried to get the best out of it but with no avail – sorry. These fringe elements have begun to lurk up with the onset of the present government and as I see, polarization and pocketing votes has been the prime mover for such movements all about. Else, how could one explain that during the recent election in U.P. the prime issue was love jihad but it failed to yield and as the elections were over, the love jihad too died down, so it’s all for polarization. As for Ghar Wapsi, it will never work with people who have strong faith in their religion, does it?

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  • Prabhakar K. Adiga, Valencia/Spain

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Echoing the opinion of Mr. AUBB, Kuwait I am also always eager to Mr. D Souza's flawless articles reason being it treads the middle path without being tilting left or right side nor mortifies his subject contents here it is being 'ghar wapsi'. I believe he is a society lover with a sense of an universal brotherhood and respect man of peace. Therefore his articles are of zeal, well balanced with a right aptitude offering real solutions. He has spoken about the problems in a realistic manner and also has come forward in search of realistic solutions. Hope some political pundit may have to refer this master piece in a way to crucify the issue of forcible conversions and to rectify the theme of persuasive reconversions which will surely narrow down the gap between majority and minority for a peaceful Indian community.

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  • Ashwil, Australia

    Sat, Jan 17 2015

    Mr. Naik, its is up to each individuals to decide what they have to accept. I born and Brought up in India but spent about 15 years before settling in Australia.I dont fancy to call myself Indian after reading what's happening in India over the last couple of years with rapes in each and every road. My children do not want to even go on holidays to India after ONE good holiday in India. Have you lived abroad to experience that personal freedom and choice. I am sure you keep telling Mera Bharat Mahan when the women are raped/ minorities are attacked and some one decides how many children you should have and what religion you should follow. There is no problem where Hindus (foreigners to their country) where the biggest temple (swaminarayan) in UK, another few swaminarayan temples in other parts of the world. No one worried about people following Hare Ram Hare Krishna either. you know why.. they are civilized and respect the personal space of others and keep the religion in their houses not in the public. You still have time to grow up

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  • Shailesh D. Naik, Panji/Goa

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Hai Ashwil, Australia
    Fact is understood.
    However, if children are too naughty, mother does not dispose them out. Because of few, one need not disown his mother country. Where ever we may roam, yet we are know by our parents name. You or Bobby can not tear apart the reality or bond with the mother country.

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  • Reshma Lobo, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Jan 17 2015

    Thank you Antony Sir for the informative article on "Ghar Wapsi". Can't just imagine India being a democratic and powerful country in the world could start this type of campaign. We, the Christians all round India should be united and stop this campaign before it gets more further and create havoc in the country..Antony Sir, your articles not only gives us motivation but also awarness.. Eagerly waiting for another article.. All the best..

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  • George Pais, Urwa

    Sat, Jan 17 2015

    Looks Mr Narendra Mod!s ruling reminds us of 1977.?

    People of India wanted to get rid of Congers rule in 1997 ( post emergency era ) and voted Janatha party (almost today's BJP ) under the leadership of Mr Morarji Desai, who chanted Corruption Free India and Development plank for India became Prime Minister with 2/3Rd majority in Parliament.

    But practically lost control over his minister colleagues as well as his Party MP!s specially like Mr Thyagi who was bent upon to bring law to ban other religious activities targeting Christians,Mr Morarji Desais Government fell like empty cardboard boxes in less than 3 years time without any opposition party!s great efforts to pull it down.

    Looks Mr Modi too has lost his control or clout on his minister colleagues as well as his own party MP!S and moving away from his election promises like Corruption Free India,creation of jobs for youngsters, Minimum Government,Maximum Governance etc and will repeat the history of 199-80 ?

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Sat, Jan 17 2015

    Very analytical article by Antony D'Souza.
    We need your help to analyze critical issues that common people can barely understand.

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  • Diwakar, Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 17 2015

    Dear Anthony... GW will lead to another caste-CH (Converted Hindus).. This will be at present last addition after sudras..

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  • Ramesh G. Naik, Panji/Goa

    Sat, Jan 17 2015

    @ Arush, Mangalore

    It means the same. Bobby Jindal can not simply accept his identity as Indian too. Why as American 'yes' and 'no' as Indian. Internationally it does not mean anything. Even Obama accepts his mother country is Kenya, father is Muslim and mother is Christian. He accepts his identity as Kenyan too why not Mr. Bobby ???

    Governor Bobby's thoughts should be with his country of origin/mother country, if lost must return his fraternity like 'ghar wapsi'. It need not be strictly from religious point of view. Perhaps you have not read the article, please refer today's (16th Jan) Times of India portal.

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  • John DSouza, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Ghar wapsi is a serious hindrance on the development path. Lack of leadership is a misery as so many intellectuals and wise people with great ability and efficiency hide and live in shadow. If they identify severe problems the world is facing today and try their solutions, we can enjoy a wonderful revolution. Many unemployed can be engaged productively which can avoid foolishness and stupidity.

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  • A. S. Matehw, U.S.A.

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    I know personally many former Hindus in the U.S. who are followers of CHRIST. On the other hand, I have seen many Afro-Americans following Islam religion. Years back, it was hard to find a Mosque in some cities, now many Mosques are coming up financed by the Gulf oil wealth.

    I was really shocked to see when I was landed in the southern part of the U.S. 44 years back, how Christian Churches were segregated based on color? Black Churches and White Churches only a very few Churches were integrated in those days. Now, we see far greater integration in the Churches.

    When I asked some converts to Islam religion from Christianity, their reply was very shocking" JESUS is a white man's GOD". JESUS was not born in any western country but they feel likewise due to the less affectionate treatment of the black people by the minority percentage of white people in general, thus creating a bad name for the whole white people.

    Those Afro-Americans who were not treated with love by some white people embraced Islam religion, whom to blame?

    "Ghar wapsi" can that be applied to the powerful people who were converted? If the poor were converted to other religions due personal reasons, is it morally right to force them back through
    "ghar wapsi"?

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  • Dominic Saious, Panji, Goa

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana (USA) who is of Indian origin, says "Parents and self came to US to become Americans and not Indian-Americans. Please no more call us as India Americans but only Americans.

    Here, he did not convert to Christianity but denying his fraternity, love for India and its great culture. It is more dangerous than conversion itself.


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  • Arush, mangalore

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    You read it incorrectly. He was talking about identity and not his religion or belief system. He did not want to be an hyphenated Indian ( Indian American ) but an American. The whites feel that they own the land and the others are foreign African American and also Native-Americans, but someone from Poland or Ireland migrates and very quickly they are called 'Americans'.
    So where does ghar wapasi apply to him. Stick to the context.

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    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Well, all the world is marching forward, and India is marching backward, These news tells us that , we are going back to 15th century. What the hell is wrong with these people. It is people's right to practice any religion. I want BJP to work on development of all citizens instead of supporting Ghar Wapsi & Bahu lavo & beti bachao.
    Nice article, keep it up Cony bab.

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  • Swagitha M., Mangalore/Qatar

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Under such circumstances it is not easy to pen down such topics. Great insight and straightforward. Congrats. Your effort is seen to build social awareness and oneness in the community taking every reader along with you in confidence and to build confidence . Best of Luck

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  • Devan Mahesh K., Kochi/Kerala

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Most diligent analytical writing leads readers for grasping without being lost till end. Benefits of Ghar Wapsi are not even minimal as you pointed out. Social harmony leads to development and not social unrest as we face here. Well focused creatively. Keep writing, looking forward forsome more innovative topics.

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  • Feroz Aneez M., Bantwal/Lucena/Spain

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Is there any difference between 'Moun Singh' and 'Moun Modi' ?
    Both are SAME. No any other option to go...
    Due to the hidden agenda of Congress and RSS both had to stay 'Moun'. I am glad author has covered most of aspect on this scenario.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Jan 16 2015

    Dear Antony,Ghar Wapsi,is very discussed matter like the IS People talking and teaching converting People to Islam ,sometimes by force or on knife Point.In india they want to make a big Hindu Nation topping the chinese .well one cant convert anyone by force,and make them true followers.There are certain muslim community who wants to make whole world Islam followers.either by force or when not Shooting.such People talk open about their Intention.I had to shiver when I heard.Does God want it I ask.God will be happy when one follows his own Religion without harming others,murder or cheating.One Need not climb hills and walk in sand.instead of Ghar wapsi one can feel AT HOME with what you are.It is only a stratagie from People to increase their Population ad boast with it,less or illiterate poor People by giving them some Money,some daily Provision,and attracting them.when they go home they will practice what always done.their own Religion and rules.one cant become all of a sudden follower of other Religion in a middle Age .your article has a very good Topic to think over bour present Situation in world and India specially.keep on writing when you have time.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Erazer Town,B'lore 560005

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Too good article with full of information and right reasoning.I really liked it most and hope to see such articles many more.All the best.

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  • Ajith Peter Dsouza, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    A nice article shedding light on many aspects. hats off to the author for providing us knowledge about the current affairs with thought provoking details through his articles.

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  • Ramesh Gopinath K , Mysore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Yes to Development. No to Ghar Wapsi.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    After Chaaiwaala became a Prime Minister there were and there are no conversions taken/taking place.

    The RSS, VHP and BD have conducted some drama of conversions to deliberately malign other communities and to bring a conversion law to their satisfaction and to book other communities under that law.

    He has given free hand to those people goondaas and speaks 24X7 Bhaashans without any action against trouble makers.

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  • Fahim Khan, Bangaluru

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Excellent write-up. Congrats Mr. D' Souza

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  • C D Souza , Mangalore, Kuloor

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Mr Antony if someone seconds your views it is fine with you and if has divergent views you have problems with it. If Ghar Wapsi is primitive suggested by DEv leave it as it is, why break your head whether it help or not. People know what to do in such situations. They are best judges. Why break your head on it. Same time such logic applies to all including conversions. If some people want to come back you have objections. Why did you not talk about conversions going on all these years? It is easy to preach from far 173off. Why not preach it to people where you live and ask them to be more democratic. Try.

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  • Vivian Tauro, Puttur/ Doha

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Ghar Wapsi is a deliberate act to create communal unrest in India by radical politicians for their selfish ends. India is a great Country whose scientists and economist are striving hard day and night to put India on the right top of the world map. Let us strengthen the hands of Modiji to achieve these goals as an answer to Ghar Wapsi.

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  • Ronald Lasrado, Bombay/Qatar

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Modiji's election mandate was DEVELOPMENT and not Ghar Wapsi.
    GW is the agenda of the vested parties let us forget it.

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Dear Dev Sagar,

    I truly admire depth of your knowledge, maturity of your understanding on the brotherhood and serenity of your wisdom. One must look forward such a homogeneous society to live with rather than go after the some once wasted time on controversial ‘ghar wapsi’

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  • Alexander P Menezes, Karkala/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Dear Antony Cony Baab,
    Don't worry about the critics but just do your job of creating awareness through your write-ups. There will be people like Srinivas and Bhavna who will not agree with your views and they have every right to do so.We all have right to express our views freely in the society. As long as people like Mr. Dev Sagar increases in our society, we will surely have a clean,developed and modern Bharat in the near future.

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Your are right. Thanks for that.
    At the moment PM Modi runs the government and they have the full capacity to introduce anti-conversion law to cease conversion completely by force or by allurement. Therefore, let the past take care of itself and we look forward for a harmonious society to live side by side peacefully.

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  • Dev Sagar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015


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  • Surendra Monish, Mumbai/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    I always welcome write ups with wisdom that fills the society to remember. Thanks Mr. DSouza.

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  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Very interesting and mature article by Mr.Anthony Cony D'Souza.

    It will be intriguing to see if those are advocating 'Ghar Wapsi' admit the converts to the superior caste i.e.Brahmins.
    Will such Brahmin entrants be eligible to be high priest at Sacred Temples if they attain that stage through hard work and prayer?
    Or could some be admitted as Kshatriyas or maybe Vaishyas if they have a bent of mind for the same ?

    None I am sure will opt to be 'Shudras' and None as 'Dalits', or untouchables as they are supposed to be worthless and cannot accumulate wealth.

    Who are these who are encouraging 'Ghar Wapsi' ?
    They should first introspect and check which 'Ghar 'they originally belonged to ? What were they before they entered the 'Ghar' they have created and which they imagine will lead them to eternal paradise of all the Great Gods .

    There really are many questions to be answered that these men who have suddenly been enlightened and talk about 'Hindutva' being a way of life. The time is indeed right for the Prime Minister in his immense wisdom to silence these immature so called enlightened beings.
    Let the Government focus itself on good governance and economic welfare of the people and leave them to practice whichever religion they belong to or if they so wish be atheists.
    The right of freedom of speech, religion and the respect to the Constitution must be sacredly adhered to . If not the fabric of the delicate society will be broken as the current trend shows that there is really great intolerance in today's world and evil designs have gathered momentum in most parts.
    Fortunately we see the younger generation in India is not enamored by all these 'Ghar Wapsi's and all they want is development and this is really the mandate given by the people to our P.M. Modiji.This mandate is most sacred and has to be respected at all costs.

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  • vinayak prabhu, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Completely unilateral and biased article give explanation on Portuguese inquisition and how konkani s got converted?

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  • lolita Crasta, mangalore/dubai

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    cony uncle, hats off to you for ur article. I admire your patience and time taken to bring out such good articles. I hope this is an eye opener to all Indians.

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Dear Mr. Srinivas
    Glad that I drew your attention. Thanks for your objective comment. Perhaps you have not read my article in a right frame of mind. I had given some solutions too last paragraph.
    For the conversation, re conversion is not the right corrective method. Conversion is something that took place in the past many were converted by allurement or inducing and also many conversions took place without inducing or without force but by change of heart spontaneously, within the limit of our secular constitution. However, anti-conversion law would not negate the constitution's secular values if conversion takes place without force.

    Castism also another major causes of conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism.
    In European or western countries many Christians are get converted into Hinduism. No community there raises their voice against them because it is done within the limit or without allurement or without force. In India too, if any Christians are willing to become Hindu, society is open, they are free to embrace Hinduism. Therefore, no need to reconvert them either by inducing but let them convert spontaneously.

    My personal opinion is that conversion of any kind must stop and if law becomes effective in this direction, Ghar Wapsi movement should be stopped where PM Modi can fully concentrate his on mantra of development. I am the citizen of India, therefore, I have every interest in the development of my mother country, to lead the world.

    Finally, all can’t be singers, all can’t be sportsmen, all can’t be artists in the similar way all can’t be writers. It is not all easy as you have assumed until and unless you attempt it and if you have no sheer talent, you will not succeed.

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  • Bhavna, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Mr. Anthony, your point in well taken as far as conversion without force. However, the main culprits are the Church along with their career missionaries whose aim is to help propagate their religion. With this kind of an initiative or ambition where do you draw the line. In all cases of conversion, it first starts with these missionaries entering the environment followed by conversion, if you need to simply preach then why attempt to add the soul to your fold ?. Don't tell me now that there is no inducement posted or aspersions on their current belief is cast to get them to convert, which I consider it to be equivalent to forcing.
    Further, regarding foreigners converting to Hinduism.. what makes you think that this is the mainstream Hindu issue ?. If it is arya samaj then go tell them that, they do not represent all Hindus.
    Hindus in India need to protect their interest as schools whee our children go are run by these career missionaries with an agenda.

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  • Andrea Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Bhavana, no one is keeping you under pressure to put your children to these schools run by these missionaries...Please...Please go ahead and take your children to whichever school preaches your objectives... there are so many other schools please admit your children there

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  • Lionel , Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    I second your opinion Andrea.. surely no one has forcefully asked anybody to admit their children to missionary run schools. When it comes to talking we talk bad about these schools and hospitals...but when the choice is given to admit our child or even do a treatment for our health we run to these same missionary run schools and hospitals !!!

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  • Bhavana, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 25 2015

    Please .. these missionary schools are given grants by the government to which majority of the hindus pay the taxes. If the missionaries cannot admit others than christians they they cannot run the schools. The missionaries intention is not to provide education. They simply engage in main stream societal enterprise such as schools, Hospitals so that they have access to the people giving them an opportunity to preach and convert. So your threat to either educate with my mouth shut or get lost does not apply. I hope you get that. You 10 percent community have the gall to act smart.

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  • Stany DSouza, Manama / Bahrain

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Very good and brilliant article,Hats off Anthony baab.

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  • Leslie Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    First of all nobody can change history. I am not responsible for what happened 450 years ago. I am a Christian because I was born to Christian parents. This applies to all the people in India irrespective of their religion.

    I don't want to elaborate. This Ghar Wapsi campaign is nothing but a deliberate effort to create communal unrest in India by radical politicians for their selfish ends.

    Before I end I want to ask a simple question. When a person is on deathbed desperately needing blood transfusion will he or his relatives ask for hindu, muslim or Christian blood based on his religion or they will simply look for his particular blood group without checking whose blood it was originally? If not why all this drama?? Will rain or sunshine fall differently on houses or properties of different religions???

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  • Srinivas, hyderabad

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Dear Antony,
    One can appreciate your patience in writing this much big articles and to find some thing wrong in GHAR WAPSI program. After a close look at your article says that your inability to solve the problem and instead putting so many questions on GHAR WAPSI. Being at outside country, you are very much happy i think. You were talked about varnas, castes, religions etc. I thought you got some idea to solve this problem in India which we are suffering now. People were especially poor confused by conversions done by so many missionaries and some by Islam by force. Did they made them rich or provide any food and shelter. Can you Justify. rich knowledge people like you who converted to Christianity and started this conversion program since so many years ago. Why can't you ask simple question to the missionaries who did conversion which is very wrong according to you right. What is meant by minority, you tell me. is it population or backwardness.

    I think nowadays writing articles are so easy. The simple solution is to stop conversion and start GHAR WAPSI which help the poor people by providing food, shelter. And The rule of congress to be abolished from the country who didn't do anything to the poor hindu people except they are silent when poor hindu people were converted to other religions and do vote bank politics. We in india looking for unity of the people and growth of the country. We want to stop convert to other religions and stop opposing development of the country. Being an educated why one has to talk about minority. is it really any meaning in it and senseless actually. This article provoking and stop the development of the country. Here we are suffering due to lack of development of the people. the main reason is conversion and caste politics which dividing the people of India and India's growth. You want to be happy in outside the country, be happy there only. After reading your article one can easily find that you have no interest in Indias development.

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  • Indian, bangalore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    All christians oppose Ghar wapsi. But very same christians stay quiet when a missionary school forces low income people to convert to christianity else there will have to pay school fees... What a blunder..
    Be proud of your back ground.. What did christians did to us.. Enslaved us.. And you want to follow their religion.. God bless...

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  • John Tauro , M'lore / Kwt

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Mr./Ms. Indian, Bangalore,
    If at all there is any missionary school that forced students to convert with the threat of fees, then why are parents of those students sitting quiet? Why don’t you file complaint and take action against that school? Such acts are against the principles of Christianity? That school must be closed down immediately.

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  • Dr Edward Nazareth, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Nice analysis by Antony Bab. Conversion of low caste Hindus into other religions have not improved their social status and reconverting them back into Hinduism will not alter it either. 'Ghar Vapasi' is a political issue to please majority of the voters...earlier there was temple issue now the issue of conversion and reconversion....

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  • John DSouza, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Ghar Wapsi: Is it for development or destruction of society love, unity, security and peace?
    Swami Vevekananda discouraged darkness of false beliefs and encouraged enlightenment
    Today Swami (God men) experiment, experience and encourage and promote flesh, not Spirit
    Talk is of women empowerment and walk makes them powerless by inspiring to produce more
    Population is the prime cause of poverty, unemployment and low standard of living of people
    Instead of trying to solve the existing severe problems the mandate of people being misused
    The real need of the moment is the Deemak Wapsi (Wisdom) and not Ghar Wapsi (stupidity)

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  • Dr S Kamath, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Smriti Iranis name is not Smriti Boman Irani, It should be Smriti Zubin Irani .Boman Irani is a totally different film actor and Zubin Irani is different person

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  • Bashir Ahmed Faisal, Mangalore,UAE

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    India is our home. There is no question to return home because we are already at home. Congrats brother for sharing on your sociological approach.

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  • Meena Serrao Barboza, Tanzania/Shirva

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    We all want to have peace, but we tend to take the longest route. We always want to go though maya, through materialism' We must understand that NO MATTER WHAT, KEEP YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST who redeems, gives life and brings us to everlasting life.
    This is an excellent article By Antony Cony D'Souza Very, very informative.You inspire me. keep up the good work. You restore my faith in humanity.

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  • Olivia Moras , Puttur/ Torono - Canada

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Very informative Article by Antony Cony. We are Proud of you Cony for taking initiative to bring about awareness on this subject. Government should focus on real issues like development, Health Care, education .. When will all these silly things like "Ghar Vapsi" stop in India ? Cony thank you for the Article/ Keep writing and bring us more. Thank you.

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  • Glany Fernandes, Manglaore / Dubai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Thought provoking article from Mr. Anthony D’souza, facts and figures are carefully studied and brought to readers view. The concept of God, Religion and followers, has been completely changing in this modern world. God needs a pure heart, not the big number of followers, now a days if we see from any angle, leaders are behind increasing head count by any means or by any medium. One section of the society is forward looking like development and progress, in the same time another section is looking back and sticking to religious fundamentalism.
    Ghar Wapsi can bring more humiliation, uncertainty and hatred to the society and lead to religious unrest. If the society is not take these kind of threats seriously, we are not far to see situation like Syria or Iraq. Every religion has nature of patience as well has its wild appearance, if we weigh the county on the basis of religion, then neighboring countries also rally with it and see that their intentions are fulfilled.
    It’s time to so called RSS and bunch of jokers to work for down trodden like scheduled caste people and wage war for their rights. The way people accepting Buddhism indicates that, by 2021 half the Hindu population might move to Buddhism, because majority in India are neglected people.

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  • Nelson Dsa Neelavar, Neelavar-Israel

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Thank you Mr Antony Cony D'souza sir for your "A Close Look at 'Ghar Wapsi'" article. 

    The central govt is giving importance on Ghar Wapsi, not on development of India. They are forcing the Christians to convert into Hindu through Goondas.

    Modi sir please stop this Ghar wapsi and let everyone to live peacefully.

    Vande Mataram

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  • Praveen A. Fernandes., Gangolli/Israel.

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    very nice and awesome article by you dear Antony D'souza Cony.. once again you produced your amazing tallent through your this great article.. everyone should and must read this and support him as usual.. may god bless you dear Antony D'souza Cony.. waiting for your new articles in coming days.. all the best to you.. :)

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  • CGS, Mangllur

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Very analytical article on Ghar Wapsi.It will do more harm than good to the society.It will destroy the unity,integrity and brotherhood.
    Instead of Ghar Wapsi programme, Modi Govt should concentrate on development,progress,peace and harmony. Thank you Antony Cony for your wonderful write up!

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  • Naga Arjun, Bondel

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    brilliant article, sheds more light on what is ghar wapsi and how it will affect the development at large.

    Did we vote for BJP for development or for ghar wapsi ??

    BJP and its allies are making their wapsi to bite dust and next election congress other secular parties will return to power.

    Indian logical citizens crave for Greater Development and not ghar wapsi which will take back all of us back to 19th century for communal fight to waste our resources.

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Very informative and challenging article.

    Buddhism, Jainism and Sikh Religions are Indian born religions broken away from Hinduism. Why? Human beings are, through their inborn craving always looking forward to spiritual enlightenment and liberty from slavery and oppression. If they are oppressed through religion, they will break away from that one day. Nobody can stop that, the Creator has given them that liberty.

    From where atheism came from? Why the BD-RSS-VHP are not trying to start a campaign to " Ghar Wapsi" them?

    The Christian Missionaries from the Western world landed in India and suffered pain to shed the good news and showed love towards the discarded humanity by the so called upper class people of Hinduism.

    I grew up with Hindus in our small village in peace, washed their wounds as a young boy (my dad was the first doctor in the village), they loved me perhaps more than the Christians did.

    The North Indian politics of divide and rule using religion will be destroying India, if the electorate of India won't get any sense at this critical time.

    The " Ghar Wapsi" movement has caused serious damage to India all over the world.

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  • John DSouza, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Thank you Dear Antony Sir for beginning the New Year with a serious matter of concern for us
    Ghar Wapsi is a diverting action from the actual agenda of anti-corruption and development
    Being human journey is from one grave to another, wapsi to original grave (womb) is impossible
    Religions are man-made routes and modes with the expectation to reach the final destination
    Conversions, anti-conversions and re-conversions are mere distractions and waste of resources
    The human minds are unpredictably dynamic like blowing wind and directionless racing horse
    Unfortunate fact is that the truth, the way and the life has not reached to the entire world as yet
    Ghar wapsi will not adore or please God, but souls of good deeds only are acceptable to God
    Let’s hope to be the lighting candles in the dark surrounding environment to make Clean Wapsi

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  • Alexander P Menezes, Karkala/Dubai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Dear Cony Baab,

    Once again an informative and well written article with a lot of research gone in to this.

    For me, I don’t really care if I was converted Hindu (my ancestors) or was belonging to any other religion. In my perspective what is important is, Am I, a good human being? As long as you live a good life, help the needy, help in giving something back to the society and spread peace around your neighborhood irrespective of cast, creed and religion, I think my life is a fulfilled and satisfying one in front of God. I can die in peace after I have fulfilled these things in my life. If you ask me my opinion about the current political guard, I personally like Modi’s way of functioning, his initiative towards the good governance and development strategy. But he cannot go hand in hand with his Hindutva agenda . It is like sailing in two boats by keeping each leg in each boat. We have already started to see these two boats drifting away in different directions and only the time will tell what will happen to the political leadership if Modiji goes with two mantras together. If he presses more on Hindutva agenda, I am sure it’s going to be a real messy India in the time to come which I am sure all the educated and peace loving people of our country are aware. With this Ghar Vaapsi propaganda, I see a very disastrous economy as well as an unstable political scenario in India in the near future.

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  • sandeep, Abudhabi

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Modi ji first do sab ka saath sab ka vikas"please aside jaathi paanti"Now you have remains 4 years to show your performance.Remember year 2004 how vajpayee lost the election.

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  • Samad Kolnad, vitla

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Very good article about the nuisance created in the civilized country. You have covered almost detail about Ghar Vaapsi indeed given a solution for the minority to even to tackle… good Antony…..Really good one and this shows your commitment, love and responsibility towards a society. Which is highly appreciable and need of hour…to educate and create awareness. Keep up the good work and looking forward to read more from you antony…good one..keep it up…

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