New Delhi: The Sangh Parivar led by the RSS plans to convert at least 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families to Hinduism by December 25 this month, says a senior RSS regional pracharak Rajeshwar Singh.
The RSS has described this mission as "homecoming" (Ghar Wapasi). Singh said, on December 25 in Aligarh, the mass religious conversion would take place.
He said, at least 4,000 Christian families belonging to scheduled caste living in nearly 40 slums in Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Hathras of Uttar Pradesh will be converted to Hinduism under the "ghar wapasi" programme.
Similarly, nearly 1,000 Muslim families, whose descendants were Thakurs and Brahmins, have been identified for the homecoming, the RSS pracharak said.
RSS workers claimed that the mass conversions would be voluntary, and no threat or inducements were being given.
The Bajrang Dal, the sword arm of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has been entrusted with the homecoming programme to be held at Maheshwari College in Aligarh.
The neo-converts will be sprinkled with holy Ganga water and a havan (sacrificial fire) will be conducted. Pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses will be distributed to them, and the neo-converts will be trained about the method of worship of Hindu gods and goddesses, according to Prithvi Kumar, a Bajrang Dal local leader.