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Monday, January 23, 2006

Christians against Shabri Kumbh Mela

1/23/2006 10:36:33 AM Mahadev

Chennai : Probably enthused by the pro-minority governments in New Delhi and Chennai, the All India Christian Council (AICC) and All India Confederation of SC/ST organizations have last week alleged that the VHP, RSS, and the Bajrang Dal sponsored 'Shabri Kumbh Mela', scheduled to be held at Dang in Gujarat from Feb 11 to 13, was only a ploy to indulge in large scale conversions, UNI has reported.

AICC President, Dr Joseph D'Souza and Chairman Dr Udit Raj demanded that the UPA government at the Centre must intervene and deny permission for the so called 'Mela' as the Sangh Parivar was only planning to engineer another Godhra type of communal disturbance there.

They pointed out that they had already met the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in New Delhi on January 17 and appraised him about the ongoing intimidation, terror and reconversion programme being planned by the Hindu organisations.

Ever since the UPA government came to power at New Delhi and AIADMK's decision to revoke the anti-conversion laws in TN, conversions by Christian missionaries especially in the tribal areas of the country are allegedly taking place at a faster pace. Even the Missionaries have come out declaring openly that the tribals are not Hindus, a dubious tactics played by the British Colonial government during its rule of India. Ruminating the colonial legacy the Neophyte leaders alleged that the Sangh Parivar was trying to 'Hinduise" the tribals, inhabiting the Dang region, which was a Congress bastion, politically. Hence the UPA government at the Centre must prevent the 'Mela' which was not there in the Hindu scriptures. "There are only four Kumbh melas as per Hindu tradition", they claimed.

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