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It Took 10 Years to Shut Down this Christian Missionary Shop in MP

Despite Madhya Pradesh Government’s seriousness in tackling illegal conversion, there are many remote village areas in the state where the conversion industry is active, reports News 18.

The article, which is in Hindi, goes on to say –

“Tribal dominated Bamori area in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district has many villages where innocent tribals are being converted enmasse to Christianity by unscrupulous missionaries. There are around a dozen villages in this area such as Mohanpur, Kherikhata, Uraikhata, Dirauli, Bagonia, Mahodra, Bilauda etc. where the conversion industry is most active and has affected around 200-400 families.

First, the Christian missionaries encroached on land reserved for tribals and constructed permanent structures; later, those illegal houses were used to organize “special prayer sessions” and that is how the conversion work began.

However, when locals got to know of these designs, many tribals and Dharmic organizations stood up in protests against the Christian missionaries. After a lengthy legal battle, the administration recently took the decisive step to close this conversion centre and also sealed two Churches in Mohanpur village.

The News18 team which visited the village to assess the ground reality was astonished to find the various ways in which tribals are lured & induced to convert.

Superstitions and ‘miracles’ are a big part of the conversion industry. One tribal lady who had converted to Christianity said that her ill daughter’s health became better after conversion. Others who had converted said that after adopting Christianity, their vehicles which had stopped stated running again.

Such deceptive techniques are used to trick the tribals into converting on a large scale. The administration has finally taken a stern step against this mafia, although it took the 10 years.

One employee of the missionary organization said that the administration’s strict implementation of the law had seen their organization being shut down. Many villagers appeared happy with this action against the missionary organization.

The Dharma Jagruti (Awakening) organizations fighting against the conversion mafia for long said that this move by the administration would help to curb the problem of illegal conversion to some extent.”

(Source: https://hindi.news18.com/news/madhya-pradesh/guna-administration-lock-religion-conversion-shop-after-10-years-in-guna-1111174.html)

8 states in Bharat presently have religious freedom laws designed to protect native populations from being converted through allurement or force. MP was the second state, after Odisha, to enact such legislation way back in 1968. For this reason, MP is always on the hit-list of the Christian propaganda machinery for its ‘anti-conversion’ actions.

But what this article also highlights is the snail-like pace of our country’s administrative system, where it took 10 years for an illegal Christian conversion center to be shut down.

Legislation like the sort passed by MP, and recently by Jharkhand, is just one part of the jigsaw puzzle. What is needed is a holistic approach to destroying the Christian missionary mafia, and this will involve changes to foreign funding, education, economy, freeing temples etc as this article by  esamskriti.com founder Sanjeev Nayyar suggests. Above all, an iron-willed implementation of Bharat’s laws, notwithstanding the vested interests (domestic and international) who will inevitably rise in protest, is needed.

(Featured image credit: hindustantimes.com)

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