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(Compass) – At least 336 tribal Christians were “reconverted” to Hinduism in a mass ceremony organized by the World Hindu Council in Orissa , India , on October 17. Gauri Prasad Rath, state secretary of the Council, said it was the largest reconversion ceremony they had ever held. Christian leaders expressed shock and dismay at the news. “This is nothing but a vicious and hostile hate campaign,” said John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union. “What is this thing called ‘reconversion?’ The church says man cannot make anybody change his faith. It’s for you to make up your mind.” Meanwhile, Rath insisted the reconversion drives would continue until missionaries stopped evangelizing tribal groups in Orissa.