Padma Shri for converting people to Hinduism?

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/29/2021 12:37:51 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: A controversy is raked up in West Bengal over award of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, on Kamali Soren (50), an activist of RSS-backed All India Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram of Malda, known for converting several tribals, mostly Christians and some Muslims, to embrace Hinduism offering money and other incentives as part of the Sangh Parivar's agenda.
She was quite frank in asserting that she had only encouraged the people to "return to Hinduism," according to a report in Kolkata daily The Telegraph. "I help those who changed their faiths to return to Hinduism. In the past 25 years, I must have helped several people to embrace Hinduism again," she said.
As a resident of the ashram, she goes around the tribal and Dalit-dominated villages, interacts with the marginalised people and propagate among them the tenets of Hinduism.
"I have taught many tribal families the basic rituals of Hinduism. I speak of the basic practices like the need to keep and worship "Tulsi" plants in every household and believe it is my duty," she said.
She came into a controversy last year when she tried to organise a mass marriage of the tribal girls that was cancelled by the Ashram amid allegations by the locals that there were plans to "forcibly convert" the would-be couples to Hinduism.
The All India Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, which has its units across the country in the tribal areas, had set up the Malda Ashram in 1952 and it is known to work among the tribal people.



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