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"Freedom to convert" is counterproductive as a generalized doctrine. It fails to come to terms with the complex interrelationships between self and society that make the concept of individual choice meaningful. Hence, religious conversion undermines, and in extremes would dissolve, that individual autonomy and human freedom.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sonia encouraging conversions to Christianity

Press Trust of India
Tuesday, August 08, 2006

New Delhi, August 8: The BJP attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for opposing anti-conversion laws alleging she was encouraging proselytism.

BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that his party regarded Gandhi's comments on anti-conversion laws as a reflection of the Congress' ‘anti-Hindu mindset’.

"Also, this shows she is encouraging missionaries engaged in conversions to Christianity," he said citing the Congress leader's comments in a letter to a Christian group that her party had opposed anti-conversion legislations in the BJP-ruled states.

Malhotra, however, insisted Madhya Pradesh had adopted a similar legislation more than five decades ago when the Congress was in power both in the state and at the Centre.

"This anti-conversion legislation came in Madhya Pradesh during the Nehru government. Orissa too had it when the Congress was in power there," he said.

In his comments on the Pathak Authority report, Malhotra, whose party on Monday called it ‘half-truth’, dubbed it a ‘fraud and a farce’ and said the BJP was preparing itself for a debate on it in Parliament.

Also, the BJP will raise its voice strongly over the Bofors issue in the light of former Union Minister Arun Singh's remarks that the deal did involve kickbacks, he added.

He, however, remained noncommittal on plans to bring in a no-trust motion against Somnath Chatterjee, whom the NDA accused of suppressing the Opposition's voice, saying any such decision would be taken only after consulting allies.

Also, the BJP leader, who expressed dissatisfaction with the government's response to lab reports on Coca Cola and Pepsi, demanded both companies be asked to display ingredients of the drinks on the bottle labels.


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