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Faith-Change Surgery

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Faith-Change Surgery
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Faith-Change Surgery
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About two years ago, inhabitants of a Dalit village in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, were served eviction notices for "developmental purposes" and informed in no uncertain terms that there was no question of the decision being revoked. The landless Dalits were petrified. The district administration would not come to their rescue. The local MP and MLA were of no help either. Matters reached Lucknow where the then Rajnath Singh-led BJP government refused to hear those cries of anguish. The Dalits, mostly Balmikis (the scavenger caste), found themselves utterly helpless. Until they were approached by a local BSP leader. His advice: the administration would only react if they converted. Not to Buddhism or Christianity, but to Islam.

Immediately, a maulvi was summoned. But the state government's express orders—there would be no eviction, the developmental plans had been dropped and the Dalits didn't need to convert to Islam—had beaten him to the village.

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