After Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep reservations over the rising activities related to conversion and re-conversion, which gave further ammunition to the Opposition and dented party’s prospects in the Kashmir Valley, the RSS and VHP have put their plans on hold for the time being.
Rajeshwar Singh, an RSS pracharak, involved in some of the reconversion or ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programme of the Sangh Parivar in Uttar Pradesh, was removed from his task yesterday and asked to proceed on leave. That was a clear indication that Modi finally prevailed upon the RSS and VHP agenda.
The RSS tried to put up a volt face, saying ‘Ghar Wapsi’ is not a new concept and has been going on for long. “There is nothing wrong in conversion if it falls under the ambit of the Constitution. There should not be any force or lure. Rest is OK,” the RSS said. However, the Sangh batted for a strong anti-conversion law across the country to end the debate and conflict at once.
The VHP clarified that ‘Ghar Wapsi’ cannot be achieved in a month or year. “It’s a long-term goal. We are not worried about any target. When people will realise their mistake and make up their mind, they will return to Hindu fold. We don’t have to put pressure on anybody. We don’t intent to launch any campaign to achieve our goal,” the VHP said.
VHP further added that “Nobody became Muslims or Christians in this country centuries ago because of caste system, all conversions happened in the shade of swords.”