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Adivasis and the Conversion Conundrum

Some Lessons from History

The Adivasis of central India have been vied by various religious missions in history. Christian missions are, however, exceptionally blamed for duping Adivasis and subverting their society. The democratic ethos of propagating one’s faith and the sensibility of the adroit Adivasi psyche must not be undermined in the present age of missionary competition on the brink of communal conflagration.

On 3 January 2017, Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, accused Christian missionaries in India of converting Adivasis to Christianity. The allegation, coming from the platform of a conference in the Adivasi-dominated Navsari district of Gujarat, depicts the common charge of the Hindu right-wing against the Indian church in the central Adivasi belt of India. In Jharkhand, such charges have been most common. In October 2016, Chief Minister Raghubar Das warned, twice within a week, of imprisoning those found guilty in converting Adivasis to Christianity by the allurement of material means.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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