Christians behind most conversions in India, not Muslims, says Natesan, NDA ally


Vellappally Natesan, a prominent Hindu leader in Kerala and secretary general of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana yogam – a group of the numerically strong Ezhava community of Kerala – said in a controversial remark that it was not Muslims but Christians who are at “Foreground” of conversions and “jihad of love”.

SNDP general secretary yogam and boss of NDA ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena denounced the words of a Catholic priest who alleged that the youth of Ezhava had recently attracted girls from a parish under the authority of the Syro-Malabar church near Kottayam. Natesan claimed that some sections of the Christian community are known for the highest number of religious conversions in India.

“In case a girl falls in love with a Muslim boy, she can go with him and convert. But in this case, the missionaries convert the whole family. Why don’t we talk about it? Who is known for the most conversions in India? These are the Christian missionaries. It’s a fact, ”Natesan said.

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Natesan, who has strongly supported the revival movement undertaken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the right-wing protests against the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple, claimed that minorities have become a voice bank strong and receive all the benefits of the government. “It is the Christian missionaries who have exploited the underprivileged layers of society and carried out the greatest number of religious conversions,” said the leader of the SNDP.

Kerala has been a topic of discussion over religion and “jihad” after the remarks by Bishop of Pala Mar Joseph Kallarangatt on narcotics and “love jihad” were widely criticized. The bishop said that Christian girls were largely the prey of “love and narcotic jihad” in Kerala and that wherever weapons cannot be used, extremists used such methods to destroy young people belonging to them. to other religions.

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Natesan’s statement against the bishop was a setback for the BJP which had backed the Catholic priest on the issue.

In Muslim outfits, the leaders protested the statement by the Bishop of Pala, Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, alleging that it was intended to create a communal division in Kerala society.

(With contributions from agencies)

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