The Article is written by Er. L Khimun in the reader's forum section of the Arunachal Times dated May 12, 2014 in response to the news report titled "RSS turns Arunachal Tribals towards Hinduism" written by Nitin Sethi, associate editor of the Business Standard and published in the Arunachal Times dated May 3, 2014
This is in response to the article by Nitin Sethi published in Arunachal Times dated 3rd May 2014 (also in Business Standard) under the headline, ‘RSS turns Arunachal tribals towards Hinduism’. It is unfortunate and unbecoming on the part of such an experienced and highly intellectual people like Mr. Sethi, a former Associate Editor of India’s most reputed national newspaper, ‘THE HINDU’ and presently associate editor of Business Standard to hold RSS responsible for converting the tribal people of Arunachal into Hinduism without proper understanding of what the term ‘Conversion’ actually means. Hence his article is completely biased and misleading. The terms like ‘Conversion’ or ‘Proselytisation’ etc. are alien to the RSS or the Hindus as a whole except Mr. Nitin Sethi. Of course, if he belongs to other faith, the matter is different. There is no equivalent term for religious conversion in Hindi because such practices never existed in Hinduism. The term ‘dharmantaran’ is a recent coined word, necessitated by the conversion of the Indians by the Christian missionaries that came with the British rulers in India. We the Hindus and the indigenous people do not believe in religious conversion. We hold that all religions are the gifts of the same God hence all religions are equally true and good. What we need is only good or Godly person. To which religion he belongs to does not matter at all for us. Converting others is not only to disgrace others’ religion but also to find fault on the part of God. Everyone should note here that the fault is not in the religion but in us human.
Er. L. Khimun
Secy. General RFPS