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BJP Alleges Large Scale Conversions in Andhra Pradesh

ICC Note:

Hindu radicals are alarmed at reports that Christian missionaries are spreading through the state of Andhra Pradesh – they claim that these evangelists are “forcibly” converting tribal groups, and call for the government to forcibly prevent them from converting anyone. What is worse? Telling people about Jesus Christ, or bludgeoning missionaries for telling the truth?

Hindustan Times

Press Trust of India (10/25/06) – BJP on Wednesday alleged that religious conversions were being held on a large scale in Tirupati and Nalgonda districts of the state.

“Teams of Christian missionaries have fanned out in various tribal areas of Nalgonda district and are forcibly converting them (tribals) in to Christianity,” BJP state vice president SV Seshagiri Rao told reporters in Hyderabad.

Since there are many festivals between September and November and tribals assemble at one place to celebrate these festivals, the teams are on the prowl in Nalgonda district, which has a big chunk of ‘lambada’ population, he alleged.

“Though the matter was reported in Gurrampad police station in Nalgonda district no action was initiated,” Rao said adding, the religious activity of Christians was intensified in the temple town of Tirupati .