Religious Conversions

Written by Alok Mohan on July 22, 2023. Posted in Uncategorized

History of religious conversions

Forced religious conversions, also known as religious coercion or forced proselytization, refer to the act of compelling or pressuring individuals to change their religious beliefs against their own will. This practice has been historically associated with many instances of religious intolerance, human rights violations, and abuses of power, in past, especially during mughal, Portuguese & British era.
Forced religious conversions had taken place in India in different forms, such as:

1. Physical coercion: Using violence, threats, or physical harm to force individuals to convert to a different religion.

2. Social and economic pressures: Exerting social ostracism, economic deprivation, or denial of essential services unless the person converts to a particular religion, for example Jajia Tax.

3. Legal discrimination: Implementing laws or policies that discriminate against certain religious groups and forcing members of those groups to convert to the dominant religion of the ruler, to gain basic rights and privileges.

4. Psychological manipulation: Employing deceptive or manipulative tactics to induce vulnerable individuals to convert under psychological duress. For example ongoing missionary activities.

5. Forced marriage: Forcing individuals to marry someone of a different religion and demanding that they adopt the spouse’s religious beliefs. Love jihad is the latest tool, being used by Islamists for this purpose.
Forced religious conversions are a violation of fundamental human rights, including the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as established in various international human rights documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This principle asserts that every individual has the right to choose their own religion or belief without any coercion or pressure.
Governments, human rights organizations, and international bodies actively condemn forced religious conversions and work to protect and promote religious freedom worldwide. They seek to combat discrimination, intolerance, and violence directed at religious minorities, and promote dialogue and understanding between different faiths and beliefs.
It’s essential to promote religious tolerance, respect for diversity, and the protection of human rights to create a society, where individuals can freely choose and practice their religion or belief system without fear of coercion or persecution.
Hinduism is an ancient religion with the largest religious grouping in India, with around 966 million adherents as of 2011, composing 79.8% of the population of India. Every year close to eight lakh hindus convert to either Christianity or Islam.
Recently, the Supreme Court has asked the centre to step in and make very serious and sincere efforts to tackle the issue of forced religious conversions.
The Supreme Court’s recent remarks on religious conversions cast a spotlight on the long-standing debate about what the fundamental right to “propagate” one’s religious faith entails. On December 5, a Bench led by Justice M.R. Shah said ​​acts of charity or good work to help a community or the poor should not cloak an intention to religiously convert them as a payback.
In the recent past, several instances have come to the notice that whereby people marry persons of other religion by either misrepresentation or concealment of their own religion and after getting married they force other person to convert to their own religion.
The religious conversions by christian missionaries is also a complex and sensitive issue. It involves the process through which individuals belonging to one religious faith or belief system adopt christianity as their new religion. This phenomenon has been occurring for centuries and has had a significant impact on various societies and cultures worldwide. Key points to consider when discussing religious conversions by christian missionaries:
Christian missionary activities have a long history, dating back to the early days of christianity. Missionaries have traveled to different parts of the world to spread their faith and convert people. The missionaries are often driven by a sense of their own religious duty or conviction to force their beliefs on others by fooling poor tribes of India. They may convince them that their conversion to christianity is only mean to save their souls as they are living in the darkness of hinduism.
The methods used by missionaries to facilitate conversions may vary. Some missionaries focus on direct evangelism, preaching, social work, education, or healthcare while some others may show false & fabricated miracles, to fool poor hindu tribes.
The issue of religious conversions by missionaries, therefore has been a source of controversy in various regions and communities. Critics argue that some missionaries use exploitative or coercive tactics to convert vulnerable populations, leading to accusations of “forced conversions.”
The spread of Christianity through missionary efforts has had a profound impact on hindu society, as with each conversion, an enemy of hinduism is created.
There is therefore a need to check some of these controversial practices/activities like Love Jihad, Use of fabricated miracles by missionaries,  money power or direct threats by missionaries or moullavis.

Alok Mohan

The admin, Alok Mohan, is a graduate mechanical engineer & possess following post graduate specializations:- M Tech Mechanical Engineering Production Engineering Marine engineering Aeronautical Engineering Computer Sciences Software Engineering Specialization He has authored several articles/papers, which are published in various websites & books. Studium Press India Ltd has published one of his latest contributions “Standardization of Education” as a senior author in a book along with many other famous writers of international repute. Alok Mohan has held important positions in both Govt & Private organisations as a Senior professional & as an Engineer & possess close to four decades accomplished experience. As an aeronautical engineer, he ensured accident incident free flying. As leader of indian team during early 1990s, he had successfully ensured smooth induction of Chukar III PTA with Indian navy as well as conduct of operational training. As an aeronautical engineer, he was instrumental in establishing major aircraft maintenance & repair facilities. He is a QMS, EMS & HSE consultant. He provides consultancy to business organisations for implimentation of the requirements of ISO 45001 OH & S, ISO 14001 EMS & ISO 9001 QMS, AS 9100, AS9120 Aero Space Standards. He is a qualified ISO 9001 QMS, ISO 14001 EMS, ISO 45001 OH & S Lead Auditor (CQI/IRCA recognised certification courses) & HSE Consultant. He is a qualified Zed Master Trainer & Zed Assessor. He has thorough knowledge of six sigma quality concepts & has also been awarded industry 4, certificate from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Knowledge Hub Training Platform  He is a Trainer, a Counselor, an Advisor and a Competent professional of cross functional exposures. He has successfully implimented requirements of various international management system standards in several organizations. He is a dedicated technocrat with expertise in Quality Assurance & Quality Control, Facility Management, General Administration, Marketing, Security, Training, Administration etc. He is a graduate mechanical engineer with specialization in aeronautical engineering. He is always eager to be involved in imparting training, implementing new ideas and improving existing processes by utilizing his vast experience.