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Left To The Lord

More than the propaganda, it is the state discrimination that worries minorities

Left To The Lord
Left To The Lord
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Imagine a situation now where every person who once voted for the Congress can no longer vote for the BJP or vice-versa. If a person has the right to change his political affiliation, why can’t he have the right to change his religious identity? Christians have often been accused of proselytisation. Even after nearly two millennia of Christian presence in India, their population has not exceeded three per cent. The Constitution has given everyone the right to preach and propagate his religion. Yet, states like MP, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Guj­a­rat had thought it necessary to enact laws to prevent conversion.

Though some of these laws have been in existence for over five decades, not a single Christian has so far been found guilty of using force or fraud to convert anyone. Yet, there is clamour for an all-India law, now that the BJP has the requisite majority in the Lok Sabha and hopes to have in the Rajya Sabha by ’16. In fact, there is reason to believe the recent Agra reconversion drama was to create an atmosphere for enactment of such a national law.

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