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'Donate Re 1 a day to stop conversions'

'Donate Re 1 a day to stop conversions'

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: January 6, 2004
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/408103.cms

The Shankaracharya of Gobardhan Peeth, Puri, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, has urged the Hindus to save at least Re 1 every day and contribute it to a fund for development of tribal areas to stop illegal conversion.
People are taking advantage of the poverty and under-development of tribals to wean them away from the Hindu religion, the Puri seer alleged while addressing the annual function of Ganjam college at Ganjam, 30 km from here yesterday.
Expressing concern over conversion, the Shankaracharya said it posed a threat to Hindu religion and ridiculed the propaganda that tribals were not Hindus.
The Shankaracharya asserted that Hinduism was the oldest religion in the world saying the time has come for people professing the faith to protect it.
The Deputy Speaker of Orissa assembly Ram Chandra Panda also addressed the meeting.

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