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Debate conversions

There is a heated controversy on religious conversions. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants a national law that bans religious conversions; the opposition is crying foul.
This is a needless controversy for two reasons. One, many Indian states, including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh, all ruled at different times by the BJP and the Congress, have laws that ban religious conversions by force, fraud and allurement. Two, it is a settled principle of law in India that the right to propagate religion and the right to convert are two different matters, with the latter not being a fundamental right. This should be understood clearly.
In a polyglot country beset with many existential uncertainties and fears, matters such as conversion should be treated with extreme caution. India is a liberal society that loves debate. Conversion and any right to it should certainly be debated.
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