Thursday, 26 May, 2022
TopicReligious conversion

Topic: Religious conversion

How a teen’s suicide has turned Tamil Nadu village into VHP’s war zone against ‘conversions’

The image of 17-year old Lavanya is everywhere. At the heart of the suicide controversy is a police complaint, two videos, a stepmother, and her convent school.

Church vandalised, school stormed, Xmas disrupted: These are 8 attacks on Christians since Oct

These incidents came on the back of 305 similar attacks that took place between January and September this year, according to a human rights report. 

How a Hindutva group raised the bogey of conversion to disrupt Xmas event in Pataudi school

Group called Dharam Jagriti Mission alleged children were being 'brainwashed' about Jesus Christ at a Christmas event in a Pataudi school. Event organisers as well as audience members have denied it.

With BJP’s eye on Goa polls, Tejasvi Surya withdraws call to ‘reconvert’ Muslims, Christians

BJP youth wing president, no stranger to controversy, had called on Hindu mutts to set annual targets for the conversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism.

Karnataka bill seeks to declare interfaith marriages involving conversion ‘null & void’

The bill defines ‘promise of marriage' as ‘allurement’, makes 30-day notice to magistrate mandatory, spells out quantum of punishment. Opposition leaders tear up copies.

Purification ritual, chants, and ‘caste by choice’ — different ways one converts to Hinduism

Former UP Shia Central Waqf Board chair Waseem Rizvi converted to Hinduism last week. Since Hinduism doesn't have a proselytism procedure, there are different rules for different schools.

UP Shia Waqf Board ex-chief Waseem Rizvi now a Hindu, takes name ‘Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi’

Controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati officiated the conversion at Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad. Rizvi wants him to light his funeral pyre when he dies.  

How Christianity is growing among Mazhabi Sikhs & Valmiki Hindus in Punjab’s villages

Christianity is growing in Punjab, mirroring what states like Tamil Nadu experienced in the 1980s and 1990s. Small churches are springing up on the rooftops of many villages.

‘Compels conversion, violates liberty’: Why Allahabad HC ripped into Special Marriage Act

Court was hearing petitions by 17 interfaith couples seeking protection from family and police harassment. It also gave rulings related to UP's anti-conversion law.

5 lakh ‘forced’ into Islam, funds from Gulf, UK: What UP ATS found in ‘conversion racket’ probe

UP ATS have arrested 16 people in the case, including cleric Maulana Kaleem, and Islamic Dawah Centre chief Umar Gautam. The accused say they never forced anyone to convert.

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Feeding world must take backseat, Modi govt should deal with India’s ‘chapati’ crisis first

German agriculture minister Cem Ozdemir said imposing export restrictions or closing markets would worsen the crisis. Actually, the opposite might be true.
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Modi govt won’t borrow extra this year to fund tax cuts, inflation target to stay at 4%

The cut in excise duty last week, coupled with an increase in fertiliser and food subsidies, is expected to cost the exchequer around Rs 3 lakh crore in the current financial year.


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What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.