You can't claim to be against conversions and then support *ghar wapsi*. In reality, the RSS is just lazy. It wants to retain Hindus in their club, but don't want to do the hard work of giving them reasons to stay. It's a free market. Go offer a better product than your competitors if you want to succeed.<br></br>creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by photomaga: http://flickr.com/photos/bjoshi/5278244772

I’m Confused – Is the RSS for or Against Conversions?

The RSS and other hindutva type organizations are schizophrenic. On the one hand they hate conversions, and on the other hand they want to perform “ghar wapsi”. Is “ghar wapsi” the same as conversion? Well – if it walks looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

And don’t even start with that crap about “everyone is a Hindu”. If we go down that road, then I submit that we’re all Africans worshiping totems, the weather, or maybe nothing. After all – that’s where mankind originated right? If you’re going to “stick to your roots”, then why not go the whole hog?

The root of the problem is that the RSS, VHP and other Hindu organizations of this type both hate AND love Islam/Christianity. On the one hand, they want to make India a “Hindu Rashtra”, talk about Muslims multiplying, and go into hysterics when the percentage of Muslims increases by a paltry 0.8%.

But they also love Islam and Christianity. They want to emulate Islam’s practices and talk about how Hindus are “weak” in comparison to Muslims. This is why they are so conflicted.

So what does the RSS actually want? How can it claim to be against conversions and then turn around and do ghar wapsi? Of course, I personally have no problems with the RSS converting, re converting, or re re re converting anyone. Unlike what the Hindutva organizations claim, there is no such thing as forced conversions.

I think the truth is just that the RSS, VHP etc are just lazy. They want more members for their Hindu club, but don’t want to put in effort like Christian missionaries. They don’t WANT to go around offering people a better life, a better deal. They resent other religions for presenting a better product. If tomorrow Coke were to suddenly demand a law banning people from switching brands even if Pepsi offers a better product, that would be like the RSS.

Well tough luck. It’s a free market baby. You want club membership, you better entice your clients with a better experience than other clubs. Offer some more benefits, remove caste discrimination, offer free education etc. Otherwise why will people subscribe to your religion? Go compete!

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