Re: Conversion, re-conversion and the Constitution
There are holes in this article than in a Swiss Cheese.
The author says,"Repression of and discrimination against minorities is as old as recorded history itself. " But India really had no concept of minority, majority. The indian society was all inclusive and religion was not a marker. Thus you had jains, parsees, christian, muslims etc being an important part of society.
The author says,"'Historically, most conversions in India, from the ranks of the economically poorest and socially most defenseless Hindus"
Not really. The syrian christians of kerala are actually proud of their brahmin background and very caste conscious. The author also does not mention that many were converted by force eg in Goan inquisition and allurement. In many cases it was a convert or die situation -- they had no choice
The author states, "Article 18 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) explicitly states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought" The author does not mention that many conversions are done by inducements and coercions. Further no universal declaration of human rights condone denigration of any faith that is very common for missionaries to indulge in.
The author says,"Dignity is a basic human right and if this is denied by one set of beliefs, then the victim "