Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Pravin Togadia strongly condemned the mass conversion of upper-caste Gujarati Hindus to Islam, accusing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of “minority appeasement” and indulging in “vote bank politics” by favouring Muslims in public policy. The religious conversions began after activist Madhu Kishwar’s provided irrefutable proof in her “Modinama” series that Muslims in Gujarat are prospering in comparison with their Hindu counterparts.
“We have been told that Muslims find it easier to meet Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators than they do Muslim Congress Party representatives,” said VHP leader Ashok Singhal. “Given how hard it is for Hindus to meet BJP legislators, is it any surprise that they are converting to Islam?”
“Madhuji has described in detail how she observed an orthodox Muslim family out in Ahmedabad at 1.30 am sitting in on the pavement enjoying some snacks,” said VHP leader and industrialist Vishnu Hari Dalmia. “Clearly Muslims are being pampered in Gujarat.”
VHP advisor YV Raghavendra Rao accused Kishwar of spreading false information to encourage religious conversion. “Madhuji has encouraged the view that Muslims are doing phenomenally well in business and own 22 per cent of small businesses in Gujarat, much in excess of their 9 per cent population share,” he stated. “The government’s Census of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises clearly shows that the actual number is less than 2 per cent. One can be charitable and suggest that she accidentally pressed 2 twice on her keyboard, but the effects of this error have been devastating for Hindus.”
“Madhuji has really helped spread the good word about Islam in Gujarat,” said the state president of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Dr Shakeel Ahmad. “Modinama states very clearly that one can have a lot of fun without alcohol consumption, eliminating a major barrier to our growth among young Gujaratis.”
“With prohibition in place this place was practically Saudi Arabia anyway,” said Mahmud Khorasani, known until recently as Bhimdev Solanki, who said he faces daily harassment from those Bajrang Dal volunteers who have yet to convert. “As a Gujarati I see no need to apologise.”