Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday raised concerns over mass conversion in the country saying that it needs to be checked. Speaking at a function titled "Festival of Peace", organized by a Christian body, he said, “If you’re Hindu be Hindu, Muslim be Muslim, Christian be Christian. Why do you want to convert the whole world?”
The Home Minister also stated that he supports the freedom to follow any religion but expressed the need for debate as mass conversion has become a matter of concern for the country, adding that while the government is concerned there will not be discrimination with anybody.
"I have never discriminated on the basis of caste, creed and religion in my life. Whether or not we get votes. Whether or not we form the government, whether we win or lose. But we will never discriminate among people. This is what our Prime Minister feels," he said at the function organised by Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh.
Adding that one can only rule with love and not love, he said, "One can only rule with love. There is no other way".
"I would also say one thing on the Christian community. We do not want to level allegations against anybody. You may have also heard. If somebody wants to accept a religion, he should do that. There should not be any objection to it. But if mass conversion starts happening, large number of people start changing their religion, then it could be a matter of concern for any country," Rajnath Singh added.
Further, he talked about minorities demand anti-conversion law in other countries, including Britain and America.
"Here (in India) I see majority demand that there should be an anti-conversion law. Then it is a matter of concern. It should not happen," he said.
"We do not have an allergy with anybody. You want to enlighten people. This is your purpose right? 'Hum number badhane ke chakkar me kyon pade hain' (why are we for increasing the numbers?) Do we have to rule on somebody?" he went on to ask.
Stating that there had been attempts to defame the NDA government and instigate fear among people, Singh said that as far as the NDA government is concerned there will not be discrimination against anybody.
"BJP aa gayi. Ab gadbad hoga, ye hoga wo hoga (BJP has come. Now this or that will happen). We do not want to run the country by instilling a sense of fear. We want to run this country with a sense of confidence (among people). Nobody should have a sense of alienation. This will be our efforts, he said, adding that "all are welcome in the country.
"Recently, stones were pelted at the churches. Some priests came and met me to demand security. I assured them all that those behind it will be punished. I also assured security to them. But it (stone pelting) started a month before the assembly elections and stopped a month after that. What would you say on that? Whose conspiracy is that," he asked.
(With PTI inputs)