Oh! The Hindu right wing is alerted again. Thousands of low caste Hindus are converting to Christianity and Buddhism (strange absense of Islam). The right wing is very very alerted.
When I ask them
Why? What is the problem if they convert?
Why are you Muslims always upto finding faults with Hinduism?
Hey I am not finding faults, I am asking you what’s the problem if they excercise their freedom?
Why don’t you work toward improving their situation?
They hardly care when they see the dalits being abused, being refused permission to enter temples. Even untouchability is not extinct yet. Marital relationship between castes is yet a dream. Why will not dalits be angry?
Perhaps this video poses these questions better than I can:
Is conversion a mere ritual?
Conversion isn’t a thing that occurs suddenly. Why would someone bother to convert if nothing is bugging him/her? In this specific case the social structure preached by the religion is important. When you declare you agree with them (the other religion that preaches a even society), that is a conversion. That is for others to know. It’s not for you.
Those dalits feel in their heart for a long time that they are not lessor than any of us. They merely declared that now. They are of the hope that in the new society they will be accepted with honour and love. And after converting atleast they can say to the ‘upper caste’ “we don’t care.”
It is, we can say, a peaceful rebellion of the injstice and injury we have given them for ages. These conversions are not exactly ‘spiritual.’
We too arn’t very scot-free. There are menaces of sects among Muslims. Shaikhs, Syeds etc. etc. Even though untouchability (as far as I am aware) does not exist among Muslim society, Marital relationship between different groups often are avoided. I came across an incidence where a corpse of a man of low social status was denied burial in village burial ground. These things are very sad and needs to be corrected.