Lingayat body's plans of 'Ghar Wapsi' likely to generate controversy


Bengaluru, Nov 22 (IANS): The powerful Veerashaiva-Lingayat Mahasabha representing the Lingayat community in Karnataka is launching a 'ghar wapsi' programme in the state to bring those who got converted and changed their religion back into the Veerashaiva-Lingayat fold.

The Mahasabha has issued a circular to its units across the state to gather inputs on converted persons from the community. The directions have been given to organise reconversion programmes with the help of local maths. However, the final plan will be chalked out in a meeting scheduled on December 23.

The move is set to create a huge controversy in the state, as it touches upon the sensitive and controversial issue of religious conversion. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has already announced the enactment of an anti-conversion law in the state. The bill is likely to be tabled in the winter session of the assembly.

As many as 56 MLAs in the present assembly are from the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community. The community is spread across the state and comprises 17 per cent of the state's population, according to available statistics but the Mahasabha claims the population to be at 24 per cent. However, according to the caste census conducted during the tenure of Siddaramaiah, the leaked statistics pegged the population at 10 per cent. The commission has disowned the leaked data which had created a huge furore in the state.

The Mahasabha claims that the lower strata of Veerashaiva- Lingayats are getting converted on a large scale. The Christian missionaries are into conversions in the Lingayat heartlands of Davangere, Dharwad, Koppal, Gadag. Conversions are also happening in the southern districts of Chamarajanagar, Mysuru.

It is estimated that more than one lakh Veerashaiva-Lingayats have converted to Christianity in the recent past. The Mahasabha wants to bring back these people into its fold through the programme.

The Christian community and progressive thinkers have already reacted sharply to the government's decision of bringing legislation for preventing forceful conversions, and are likely to register their protest more vehemently. The process of identifying converted persons and bringing them back is also likely to create a huge controversy.

Political analysts opine that the move will immensely benefit the ruling BJP in the state and would make the Lingayat support base much more stronger for the party. It will also help the party to recover from the humiliation it is suffering by the scathing attacks of the opposition Congress over the Bitcoin scandal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Sachin Shetty, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Have to spend money like the Christian community does. Free mei kaun ayega vapas

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Did you get this lies information from fundamental organisations!?

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  • damian, bejai

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Chrisitianity is not a Religion. You become a Christian when you accept ''JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR" after you become matured enough and not by birth or by baptism at birth. Being born in a Christian family does not make you a Christian as much as getting birth in a garage makes you a mechanic. Read the Bible and be Born again. Christians should never pray against persecution because Bible itself says " you will be persecuted for my Name's sake but do not worry I have overcome the world" ..

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  • Satish, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Very good move. Need of the hour.

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  • dcosta de kadri, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    The Lingayat community should converts Shudra women to the Lingayat religion. They can also marry some of their children to them . Conversion will stop automatically. Build some good hospitals for their welfare. some good schools and ashrams for orphans, open some leprosy hospitals. old age homes for the aged and destitute houses. Then come and talk about conversion.

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  • Kumar, Al-Khor, Qatar

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    dcosta de kadri, Mangalore... When Dr. Parameshwar married a Brahmin girl, Ambedkar married a brahmin girl and many other backward caste people married brahmin and upper caste girls, the issue of caste system is a closed issue... Now we need to think how a Roman catholic will marry a Protestant or any Dalits who got converted to Christianity....

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    u r naive in catholic or protestants or dalit marriages 1 another/each other. da question of faith, religion & caste in christianity doesn't arrise. once a dalit belongs 2 da christian faith & there is no caste systems in christianity. (in fact there is no caste systems in christianity.) nobody will discriminate / hate 4 drinking christians well water, or nobody will give fine, or kill 4 entering christian churches. In hindus caste system is must. ask mohan bagwath. hindu scholars say caste system in Hindus was there & will b there. ask your schollars. simply don't write blah, blah...

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    Jews have carried out Conversions. Sikhs have carried out Conversions. Hindus have carried out Conversions. Muslims have carried out Conversions. Buddhists have carried out Conversions. Christians have carried out Conversions. HISTORY IS EVIDENT TO ALL OF US; WE THE PEOPLE HAVE WITNESSED IN THE PAST, NOW AND THEN. HOW COME YOU OBJECT CONVERSIONS NOW. PRESENTLY A FEW FUNDAMENTAL TROUBLE MAKERS PUBLICLY CARRYING OUT CONVERSIONS IN THE CROOKED NAME OF GHAR-WAAPSI. KINDLY DON'T CRY YOU HAVE, HAD FAILED IN CONVINCING PEOPLE TO YOUR DHARMA AND CRY YOUR POPULATION IS DECREASING. ACTUALLY CHRISTIANS POPULATION HAS COME DOWN WHICH STANDS NOW 2.0% FROM 2.5%. ACCEPTING ANOTHER'S FAITH IS FROM A FREE WILL AND A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EVERY HUMANS OF THIS WORLD. YOU PEOPLE HAVE GOT LESSONS AND REGRETTED IN 2008 FROM CHURCH ATTACKS. RELIGIOUS DISTURBANCES HAVE TAKEN UGLY SCENE'S EVERYWHERE THROUGH OUT THE WORLD. SO DON'T BLASPHEME THE CHURCH BUILT BY JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOUR OF THE HUMANS OF THIS PLANET EARTH. FINALLY, GOD BLESS INDIA AND BLESS ALL NATIONS OF THIS PLANET EARTH.

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  • Sujan, Kudla

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    I welcome ghar wapsi ..

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    Ghar Vapsi or no is upto the individual but No vote for BJP under any faith as BJP doesn’t care for any religion except this vote bank tactic.

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  • sanjay, HEBRI

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    good..con gang is worried now

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  • Dr Alexander Dsouza, USA

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    Mr Sanjay Hebri, better you careful now. If you don't give moral, Care and love to your family people, they will look for right people who care them and love them and you name it conversion. better you be safe. Thank You.

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  • sanjay, HEBRI

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    dr don't use money to convert.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    who said if embracing money is offered. have some good dreams instead of bad dreams @ daty & night,

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    If somebody has converted to other religion, then you must understand that there is some flaw in your own religion, First of correct your own mistakes and Ghar Wapsi may happen for sure.

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  • damodar bangera, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    You try converting someone from Muslim community to your own religion.You will know what is the "flaw" in our Hindu religion.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 23 2021

    whenever a person from muslim community embraces faith of Jesus, his identity will not b revealed. he prefers name change. whereas in europe & in western countries if a muslim embraces faith of Jesus, he will not prefer change of name. in india identity will not b revealed 2 public. so the proverb aa bail muje maar will not apply here.

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