Organizers claim this to be the real “Ghar Vapsi” campaign
An organization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Maharashtra will conduct a mass conversion of five lakhs OBCs to Buddhism in 2016.
While speaking to some sections of the media, Satyashodhak OBC Parishad activist Hanumant Upare said that they will conduct the mass conversion at Nagpur on October 2016.
He also claimed that they have declared their intentions in 2011 at Parli Vaijnath in Beed district. He added that they were originally Buddhists, and some of them had gone to follow other religions due to either duress or greed for money, job etc. He allegedly claimed that this is the real Ghar Vapsi.
So far, about 7,000 OBC people in Maharashtra have registered for the “Ghar Vapsi” campaign, Upare claimed.
While explaining the reason for holding the mass conversion to Budhism, he claimed that while finding out about their roots, they came to know that they are ‘Nagvanshi’. This proved that OBCs were originally Buddhists. So they have decided to return to their home. This is not conversion. This is the real Ghar Vapsi,” he added.
The outfit began its mission to reach out to OBCs by personally visiting homes of those desired to return to Buddhism, besides holding small rallies, group discussions and conclaves, he said.
He claimed that they were forced into Hinduism in the 19th century, but the caste system always considered them as ‘Shudras’. The present social set up does not reward them as it should. This is the only way to break out of the system, he claimed.
In 2015, the OBC outfit’s activists plan to reach out to every tehsil of Maharashtra with their message and a State-wide Conference would also be called to push the agenda, he said.