The Hindu : News / National : Togadia calls for death sentence for conversion Vishwa Hindu Parishad international general secretary Pravin Togadia has sought death sentence to those who attempt to convert Hindus to other religions. Dr. Togadia was addressing the concluding session of a three-day Akhil Bharatiya Dharmaprasar Karykarta Sammelan on Monday. VHP workers from all over the country took part in it. The sammelan was held close to Pirana Dargah, on the outskirts of the city, sending the police into a tizzy, particularly because it coincided with Bakrid. The convention, however, ended peacefully, with the trustees of the Pirana Dargah contributing Rs 1.11 lakh to the VHP for assistance towards schools, hospitals and other humanitarian aid being run by the Parishad. Incidentally, the Pirana dargah is run by a Trust that has both Hindus and Muslims as members. Its present chief is Nanakdasji Maharaj, a Hindu. While anti-conversion measures were a priority, re-converting the Hindus converted to Islam or Christianity was a bigger priority. Large-scale conversion of Hindus to other religions was being carried out only because of the â€œappeasement politicsâ€ of all major political parties, he said. Dig at Modi Dr. Togadia had a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Without referring to Mr. Modi's recent controversy when he was offered Muslim headgears during his â€œSadbhavana Missionâ€ fast here and again in Navsari, Dr. Togadia said of late it had become a â€œfashionâ€ for him (Mr. Modi) to hobnob with the minorities and offer them â€œsumptuous biriyanis as being done to Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab.â€ Narayan Sai, son of the controversial self-styled â€œGodmanâ€ Asaram Bapu, felt that Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists should be considered part of the Hindu religion for, â€œtheir line of thinking is no different from that of Hindusâ€ except for some rituals. -------------------------------- Indian Express reporting it as well Behead those who convert Hindus: Togadia - Indian Express -------------------------------------- And some good old fashion Muslim bashing despite the fact that the the Pirana Dargah trustees contributed money from the Muslim Dargah for the VHP meet. VHP says ‘answer to terrorism is counter terrorism’ - India - DNA The historical village of Pirana, an embodiment of communal harmony, echoed with extremists thoughts on Saturday with the start of the Vishwa Hindu Parishadâ€™s (VHP) three-day meet. The religious leaders expressed the view that the answer to growing terrorism can only be given in the form of counter terrorism. Pirana, 25 km away from Ahmedabad city, where the Dargah (a Sufi shrine) of Imam Shah Baba exists for the last 600 years, turned saffron colour as hundreds of members of VHP flocked the village for the meet called â€˜Dharm Prasar Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarta Sammelanâ€™. The meeting, which is being held at Gurukul School, was addressed by various religious gurus including Mohan Joshi, VHP, Nanak Dasji Maharaj, president of Imam Shah Baba Sanstha Trust, Vijay Abhaydevji Maharaj, Surishshwar Maharaj, Pravin Togadia among others. While addressing the crowd on the first day of the meet, the religious gurus largely expressed views which were in variance to the ideas of Pirana Dargah, which is an example of religious tolerance. One of the leaders kept on saying that the time has come to become suicide bombers to give answers to the â€˜Jihadisâ€™. The Muslim trustees of the Dargah (Saiyeds) preferred to stay away from the event as around 30 members of the VHP will be staying in the Dargahâ€™s campus where a temple also exists. Although the VHP along with Hindu trustees (7 Satpanthis) claimed that not a single trustee including Saiyeds raised objection to the arrangement, Saiyed Nuruddin Bade Miyan on the other hand rubbished such claims. â€œWe are against such meetings and we havenâ€™t given any permission orally or in writing. They (Satpanthis) are doing what they want to do. All we want to say is that if you donâ€™t believe in the ideology of what Imam Shah Baba taught, should leave the Dargah alone,â€ said Bade Miyan. They said that such events are signs of converting the place into an extremist form of Hinduism which is against the idea of founder of the Dargah Imam, Shah Baba. He said that everything happening at the Dargah is being done on the basis of power but not with unanimous consent.