Ghar Wapsi, Conversions and Freedom of Religion

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An illuminating and compelling collection of essays by leading secular scholars, who forensically analyse the Hindu nationalist campaign of alleged ‘home-coming’ to reconvert persons of disadvantaged castes and tribes, whose ancestors had abandoned the Hindu faith in search of elusive social equality. Harsh Mander Writer, Activist I know I am home – in my identity as an India-born Indian citizen, as a Christian and professing the ideology that I do. Dr. Ram Puniyani’s book explains in clinical but easy language the political motive behind the HindutvaParivar’s malevolent and aggressive campaign which targets Muslims and Christians in various parts of India, and specially Tribals and Dalits, in the name of GharWapsi.


An important work, perhaps the first comprehensive look at this dangerous phenomenon. And a Must read. John Dayal GharWapsi,ConversionsandFreedom of Religion edited by Ram Puniyani is an absorbing and brilliant scholarly work on the Hindutva fraternity’s polarizing agenda of religious conversions. Twelve scholars and activists discuss the issue in its historical perspective and help the reader to understand the politics of conversions which is made to be a religious issue by its Hindutva perpetrators. The book contains valuable historical material on the subject thus making it important book of reference and a complete book on the subject. Shamsul Islam Writer, Academic ‘The autonomy of an individual to renounce the faith s/he was born in or accept any alternative have been found to be highly subversive and destabilising to the world view of Hindutva. It’s anxities around this aspect have been visible since colonial times. If it was ‘Shuddhikaran’ then today it revolves around ‘Gharwapasi’. The present volume edited by Ram Puniyani comprising of contributions from leading scholars and activists is a timely intervention around the unfolding debate which deals with different dimensions of the subject’ SubhashGatade Writer Activist


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