CONGRESS BELIEVES IN CONVERGENCE, NOT CONVERSION

Pragya Sharma

Correspondent – Delhi Bureau

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New Delhi, Dec. 20

The Congress party on Saturday lashed out at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat after he pitched for anti-conversion law, saying such a medieval mindset should be removed from mainstream of the country’s political ethos.

“The question is not of bringing ‘bhatke hue’ people back. The question is of isolating and alienating such medieval and fundamentalist mindset from mainstream of India’s political ethos,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari according to sources

On  the ‘ghar wapsi‘ (homecoming) programme reportedly carried out by a pro-Hindu outfit in Uttar Pradesh, party chief Amit Shah said “the matter is before the court. I don’t want to comment.”

Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on his part said that the country believed in convergence not conversion.

“We all like convergence but not conversion. Conversion means you do not trust the other person,” he said.

Earlier today, Bhagwat said that those who oppose religious conversions should bring a law to ban it.

Bhagwat also said that those opposing conversion of people from other religions to Hinduism should first stop the conversion of Hindus to other faiths.

The RSS chief’s remarks came hours after BJP president Amit Shah stressed that his party was against forced conversions.

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