India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

December 21, 2014 8:51 AM

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India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda.

Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been forcibly converted to other religions.

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