It happened in Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh.
Few notable Hindu organizations welcomed back Muslims (former Hindus) into Sanatan Dharma. And they termed it “Ghar Wapsi”—homecoming.
“Those Muslims were either converted by force or were duped into Islam,” they reasoned.
But why Ghar Wapsi now?
Why “Ghar Wapsi?” (Why Some Hindus Had to Embrace Islam?)
Ghar Wapsi is a welcome move, but many burning questions need answers. For example:
- How come the people—who came from foreign lands became so powerful that they could force Hindus into Islam?
- What were the fellow Hindus doing when these conversions took place?
- Were most Hindus oblivious to what was happening around them?
- Why were the Hindus not in a position to protest, resist, and counter?
- Were the Hindus so engrossed in reading peaceful literature that they took peace for granted?
Doesn’t Ghar Wapsi “Now,” Indicate Something Went Wrong “Then?”
A fragile phenomenon.
It’s so delicate that once you take it for granted and stop defending it, it breaks into pieces.
And that’s exactly what happened with the Hindus.
People with vested political interests drilled half-truths into Hindu brains, such as, ‘ahiṃsā paramo dharma’—’Non-violence is the ultimate dharma.’ As a result, the majority of the Hindus forgot ‘dharmo rakshati rakshitah.’
(धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः ।। अर्थात तुम धर्म की रक्षा करो, धर्म तुम्हारी रक्षा करेगा ।)
When you protect Dharma, it protects you.
And why is ‘ahiṃsā paramo dharma’ a half-truth, you ask. Because it’s incomplete. Here’s the complete shloka:
ahiṃsā paramo dharmaḥa, dharma hiṃsā tathīva cha
(अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च ।। अर्थात अहिंसा परम धर्म है एवं धर्म की रक्षा हेतु हिंसा करना भी परम धर्म है ।)
Non-violence is the ultimate dharma, and so is violence in service of dharma.
And that’s why many Hindus had no option but to surrender to the bigoted invaders. So, that’s that.
Now, let’s talk about missionaries converting tribal people into Christians.
Christian Missionaries and Conversions of Tribals
Hindus allege that missionaries pay money to the tribal people for converting into Christians.
If that’s the case, why don’t Hindus oppose it? And if money is the sole reason behind the conversions, why don’t Hindus support their tribal brethren financially?
And mind you, the missionary people target Dalits as well. What about them?
What About Dalits?
History says that some upper-caste Hindus dominated the lower caste ones—The Dalits.
Sawarn (Upper caste Hindus) mistreated and forced the Dalits into an undignified life. No wonder Christianity appealed to them more than Sanatan Dharma.
So, here’s the thing:
The majority of the converts had no option other than to leave Hinduism. And what were the reasons behind their abandonment of Sanatan?
- Lack of money
- Lack of education
- Partially by other Hindus, and much more.
But, don’t blame Muslims and Christians for the conversions because the real issues lie among us.
The truth is:
The conversion mafia either bullies them or lures them with money, and it isn’t going to stop anytime soon. So, if, as a Hindu, dubious conversions make you edgy, you must work to eliminate the socio-economic factors behind them.
Stand up for Sanatan values.
Let the world realize that you no longer take peace for granted. That you’re done with it, for good.
Your ancestors gave up their lives defending Sanatan Dharma.