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Yogi govt defines forceful conversion for us: Converting for a job or free nurse training

UP govt filed affidavit before Allahabad HC in response to pleas demanding repeal of state's Unlawful Conversion law. It defends the new law, saying Constitution abhors 'any form of forceful conversion'.
The vandalised Christian prayer house at Solanipuram in Roorkee, on 3 October. | Photo by special arrangement

Roorkee Christian prayer house attack ‘unprecedented’, could stoke larger divide, residents fear

Dehradun: The rupture in communal harmony in Roorkee over a Hindu mob attack last week on a prayer house, owned by a Pentecostal evangelist, has sowed the seeds of fears within the local community of similar assaults in the future. On 3 October, a mob of nearly 250 people gathered in front of the prayer house, before allegedly vandalising it and assaulting a few people after accusing Pentecostal evangelist Prio Sadhna Potter and those present of illegal conversions. A week on, with no arrests made yet, local residents fear an attack like this, which was “never seen” in Roorkee before, will set precedent for similar assaults, and vitiate the atmosphere in the city. The family of Potter, whose late husband pastor Dickens Rockwell Lance used to run the prayer house, is also scared for its safety as it battles a social boycott. They say that the attack illustrates the widening communal divide...

Bhagwat’s Muslim population remark isn’t surprising, RSS view on demography has evolved

Some analysts presume the RSS has raised the issue of population to help Hindu vote consolidation for BJP. But the Sangh has been concerned about the issue for decades.
Representational image of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh | ANI

‘Step to avert violence over conversions’: Sukma SP after order to track missionaries sparks row

Sukma SP Sunil Sharma's 12 July letter directing all police stations to track Christian missionaries and new converts to check forced religious conversions had sparked a row.

Don’t listen to VHP and panic. Christianity is a failed project in India

Even if one accepts the assumption that Christian missionaries in India lure people to convert them, just look at their success rate.
Police vehicles damaged by the mob at Gadchinchale village | By special arrangement

Pro-Hindutva groups see ‘larger conspiracy’ in Palghar killings, want CBI probe

Atul Jog, senior RSS pracharak, says it’s clear that all those who oppose religious conversions and anti-national forces are being targeted specifically.
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Why Ambedkar chose Buddhism over Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Ambedkar converted to Buddhism in 1956. For two decades, he studied all major religions to conclude Buddha and his teachings allowed reform.
Algu Rai Shastri

Algu Rai Shastri: The socialist who vociferously denounced English as a foreign language

Algu Rai Shastri, a member of the Constituent Assembly, was against forced religious conversions and known for denouncing views of religious minorities.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.