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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Nitin Pant forcibly converted to Ali Hasan by jihadis : another failure of our secular republic

When one is cutoff from society and is mentally and financially vulnerable, jihadi and missionary vultures strike. A case of forced conversion that came to light yesterday, has shocked Uttarakhand. A young Hindu man who was a resident of Uttarakhand was forcibly converted to Islam in Rajasthan.

According to various reports, Nitin Pant, a resident of Nainital in Uttarakhand, had gone to Bhiwadi in Alwar district of Rajasthan in 2010 for getting a job. At some point in time, a few Muslims allegedly took him on some pretext to nearby Mewat area, that straddles the Haryana-Rajasthan border. The area has been in news repeatedly for Hindu persecution, cow slaughter and other jihadi activities.

According to him, Nitin was asked to convert to Islam in Mewat. When he refused, he was allegedly beaten and the criminals also threatened to kill his family in Uttarakhand. He was converted with a pistol on his head and named Ali Hasan. Before conversion, he was also promised a job, house, money and even a beautiful girl in marriage. After conversion, for marriage he was asked to lure Hindu girls into Islam.

Sometime after conversion, he was taken to Phulat village in Khatauli tehsil in Muzaffarnagar and from there sent to an advocate in Meerut. The advocate prepared an affidavit for his conversion to Islam. After this, he was kept in a madarsa located in Umahi village in Saharanpur, from where he somehow escaped from the clutches of the accused three days ago.

The victim reached Saharanpur after escaping and narrated his ordeal to workers of a Hindu organization. They helped him find a place to take shelter and also informed the police about his situation. The Hindu organisation’s workers also performed shuddhi to bring him back to Hindu Dharma.

Vulnerable as targets of conversion

The targets for conversion have always been the vulnerable for both the Abrahmic cults. Persons in trouble, whether emotionally, financially or physically are prime targets for conversion. They are promised financial help, spiritual remedies for personal issues, marriage or education etc. to convince them to convert. They target mentally weak individuals, those who are isolated from family(orphans or in this case a person far from family), financially distressed families/individuals and impressionable teenagers etc at emotionally weak moments. This is most commonly at the time of acute financial crisis, illness or death in family, or during some other trouble.

One can corroborate these with actual examples. The family of A R Rahman converted when his sister was ill, Esther Dhanraj’s family converted during financial crisis and conversion in Christian run orphanages is an open secret as seen in one of our recent exclusive stories. Clearly, the target for Hindu Samaj should be to look after our own.

Similar stories from Pakistan

Pakistan has regularly been a witness to such cases where Hindus are forced to accept Islam by pious Muslims. As a sharia compliant brand new Medina, Islamic Republic of Pakistan not only condones such acts, but also threatens victims with death if they wish to revert to their old faith. Thus state and Muslim society have jointly managed to reduce number of Hindus to a tiny fraction of what they were in Pakistan of 1947.

Reena Meghwar was abducted from her wedding Mandap in Vanua, Sindh province of Pakistan. She was abducted on gunpoint by Qasim Khaskeli and has recently managed to escape for a second time. The worst part is that the abductor was a neighbour whom Reena used to regularly tie Rakhi on the festival and treated as a brother. Clearly, there is a lesson to be learnt here.

Just yesterday, a Hindu was forced to say Allah o Akbar by a pious Muslim in Pakistan, who then forced him to abuse Bhagwan. The intention was, of course, to forcibly convert him. During the CoVID pandemic, hundreds of poor Hindus were converted in Pakistan by promising them rations. They had been denied government relief until they convert to Islam.

Broken promises of a Secular republic

All that happened in Pakistan as it is an Islamic republic. No one can stop Muslims from following their “glorious” traditions of religious tolerance and charity in an Islamic country. However, Bharat is supposed to be a secular republic where state must curb some of those “glorious” traditions. Yet, the constitution and laws of our republic favour minorities more than Hindus. From a sociological perspective, Hindus  seem to be the real minority in Bharat.

Yet, we see rampant incidents of forced conversion all across the country. Apart from the government, we Hindus need to think for ourselves as a society. We might have our petty differences, but should always remember the golden words of Yudhisthir when facing others “अन्यैः साकं विरोधे तु, वयं पञ्चाधिकं शतम्॥ ” i.e. when in combat against others(outside family), we are one hundred and five(Kauravas + Pandavas). Because alone, we might not survive their onslaught.


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Pawan Pandey
Pawan Pandey is an Educator based in Dehradun, currently working as Senior Staff Writer with HinduPost. He is an Engineer by training and a teacher by passion. He teaches for Civil Service Exams as well as for Common Law Admission Test. He has deep interest in politics, economy, culture and all things Bharatiya. He fancies himself to be a loving husband and doting father. His weakness is Bharatiya food, particularly sweets. His hobbies include reading, writing and listening to Bharatiya music.

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