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Homecoming in Muzaffarnagar: Mohammed Ahmed returns to Hindu fold, called Sandeep Saini now

Ghar wapsi or homecoming to the Hindu fold seems to have resumed in the country. On 19 October, five members of a Muslim family, who had been converted eight years ago, returned to the Hindu fold at the Yog Sadhana Yashveer Ashram in District Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh. All five members of the family were made to return from Islam to Hinduism through a shuddhi yajna. They told reporters they were celebrating the return to their original faith.

At the Yog Sadhana Yashveer Ashram located in the Baghra block area of ​​Muzaffarnagar, Swami Yashveer Maharaj said, "About 8 years ago in Bijnor, five members of the family had left Hinduism and converted to Islam. At this ashram, they left Islam and returned to Hinduism.

In the family, Mohammed Ahmed is now Sandeep Saini; Muskan has become Kumari Pooja Saini; Armaan has turned into Himanshu; Sania's name was changed to Seema Saini and Alia's name to Jahnvi Saini. They told reporters the era of the BJP government inspired them to return to Hinduism.

Swami Yashveer told reporters that the family hailed from Bijnor and belonged to the Saini clan. About 8 years ago, they were converted from Hinduism to Islam. After being in the company of Muslims, they learnt about the "grim reality" of that community and then repented.

The family says they were glad to be Hindus again. They made up their mind about "homecoming" while living in Pune and today they were "purified" by a shuddhi yajna conducted in the ashram and their Muslim names were changed to Hindu names.

The man who turned Sandeep Saini from Mohammed Ahmed, the head of the family, said, "8-9 years ago, I became a Muslim, chasing an illusion, waylaid by some maulvis, when we were in Bijnor. The five members of my family feel very happy to have converted to Hinduism."

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Role of VHP, RSS in homecoming

The programme of religious re-conversion to Hinduism and Sikhism from Islam, Christianity and other religions, which is referred to as "ghar wapsi" (homecoming) has been spearheaded by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other like-minded organisations. The term owes to the idea that all people of India are ancestrally Hindu and, hence, conversion to Hinduism is one of "returning home" to their ancestral roots.

This 'homecoming' became a hotly debated issue nationwide in 2014. The Bharatiya Janata Party's Yogi Adityanath has claimed this campaign would continue unless conversions to other religions are banned altogether in the country.

The homecoming process is viewed as shuddhi (purification) rather than conversion since they that through ghar wapsi, people from other religions are returning to their "true" religion.

The VHP and RSS organised several homecoming events in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Goa.

At one point, Scheduled Caste Manjhi families demanded better facilities along with education and before they converted. But then, in a Supreme Court judgment, the judges ruled that reconversion to Hinduism would not prevent a person from accessing quota benefits and adopting the caste of his forefathers. 

The bench held that "the Scheduled Caste persons belonging to Hindu religion, who had embraced Christianity with some kind of hope or aspiration, have remained socially, educationally and economically backward (classes)."

Sense of Hinduness rising in people: Hosabale

Meanwhile, at a function yesterday, RSS Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale, underscoring a concern Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat had flagged on 9 October, said, "Population explosion in the country is worrisome. Studying the issue holistically, a population policy should be made applicable to all."

RSS on homecoming

"The number of Hindus is decreasing due to conversion. The conspiracy to convert is going on in many parts of the country. At the same time, infiltration is taking place in some border areas," Hosabale said, adding that many countries had been partitioned due to their demographic imbalance. "The partition of India happened due to demographic imbalance too," he said.

… But to prove RSS is anti-Hindu, that part was ignored while the part on castes — which I see no reason to get upset about — became the trending topic on social media, thanks to the mainstream media's mischievous game.

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— Surajit Dasgupta (@surajitdasgupta) October 9, 2022

Addressing a press conference organised in the Vatsalya campus of Jaipuria School located at Gauhania, Prayagraj, Hosabale referred to the people of the tribal community of the northeastern states to say that the sense of "I am a Hindu" has developed in the people due to "rising self-respect".

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