In India Religion is yet another force which binds men together. Belief in God is not a blind faith but an active and reasoned philosophy of life. Hindu religion is not a mere set of dogmas but a series of practical moral values to be realized in life.
Hinduism is based on the unity and universality of life, and harmony of religions, and aims at the identity of individual and universe. Religion gives to a Hindu, equanimity of mind in prosperity and adversity, courage to face the problems of his life, and a vision of his spiritual destiny.
India welcomed non-Indian religions. There was no persecution. On the contrary some South Indian Chiefs encouraged Islam and Christianity for money and they are converting. This we cannot allow. All B.J.P. states in India should strictly follow the footstep of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and to safe guard our Hindu religion and culture.Now in Gujarat nobody is free to convert.
New Law That Came Into Effect On April 1 Says Conversions Have To Be Approved By DMs
Gandhinagar: From now on, anyone wishing to convert in Gujarat will have to tell the government why they are doing it and for how long they have been following the religion which they are renouncing, failing which, they will be declared offenders and prosecuted under criminal laws. These are the provisions of the anti-conversion law which has come into effect this month. The new law, called Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003, waited for five long years to be implemented because of the failure of the state government to come up with rules on the kind of information to be provided when one applies for permission to convert. The bill confirms that Jainism and Buddhism are not sub-sects of Hinduism. The rules have been published in the Gujarat Government Gazette and are effective from April 1. The rules make it obligatory for a priest seeking to convert someone from one religion to another to take prior permission of the district magistrate (DM) in order to avoid police action. The priest, in fact, will have to sign a detailed form providing personal information on the person whom she or he wishes to convert, whether the one sought to be converted is a minor, a member of scheduled caste or tribe, her or his marital status, occupation and monthly in-come. Forced conversion can land the priest or organisation’s head behind bars for three years. The other information that would have to be provided are name and address of the place where the conversion ceremony is to take place, its date and time, name and address of the priest, and full personal details of the persons taking part in the conversion ceremony. The rules say, only after the DM grants permission within a month of the application, that the priest can be allowed to perform the conversion ceremony. If the DM refuses permission, the reasons would have to be communicated to the applicant. Failure to apply would lead to “prosecution for an offence”, authorising a police official not below the rank of a police inspector to start inquiry and sub-divisional magistrate to prosecute the “offender.” The rules are silent on what happens if DM doesn’t reply in a month. On adopting another religion, the converted person will have obligatorily provide personal information within a period of 10 days on the rite to the DM, including the reason for conversion, the name of the priest who has carried out the ritual, and full details of the persons taking part in the ceremony. The intimation can be sent by registered post, but failure to do would invite legal action. The rules make it obligatory for the DM to maintain a register on conversions, giving reasons for granting or refusing permission. In order to monitor the conversion business at the highest level, the rules want the DM to send a quarterly report to the government, enumerating the number of applications for prior permission, comparative statistics of the earlier quarter, reasons for granting or not granting permission, number of conversions, and number of actions against offenders. AND THE LAW PRESCRIBES… If the offence of forced conversion is proved then A priest or those seeking to convert forcibly can be slapped a fine of up to Rs 50,000
and/or imprisoned for three years In respect of a minor, a woman, an ST/SC, punishment is a fine of Rs 50,000 and/or imprisonment for four years Whoever fails to inform the district authority after conversion can be imposed a fine of up to Rs 1,000 and/or imprisoned for up to one year
Let us unite and safe guard our country and religion.