|Ghar Vapsi in Keral: Courtesy The Hindu|
Converting to Hinduism is the latest fad in India, it seems. It is amusing to watch people asking the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or other organisations like the RSS to convert them. I can now understand why many people converted from Hinduism to Islam in the heyday of the Mughal Empire. There are some material benefits by joining the people in power. In other words, for the first time in the history of independent India we have a party in power which resembles the Mughal Empire.
30 Christians from 8 families in Kerala are the latest black sheep that have returned to their true family. The Hindu reports that these families are “not traceable. Local VHP organisers said they had been moved to another location.” That’s interesting. Is the VHP afraid that the converts will sell their religion yet again to a higher bidder?
The VHP and the RSS seem to be converting Hinduism into a commodity for sale. I’m ready to buy it too. Will they sell it to me? I don’t need money. Convictions can never be bought or sold. I don’t believe in gods and religions. I trust my reason and imagination. I have faith in my intuition. Can the VHP buy my trust and faith? Can it convince me why I should accept Hinduism? If it can, I’m ready to be converted.
In fact, I want to be converted. I’d love some illusions provided somebody can convince me of their necessity. I think illusions make life much easier.