After some attacks on Christian churches in the Dangs district of Gujarat some years ago, then PM Vajpayee paid a visit there and announced that there should be a "national debate" on conversions.
Whatever the merits of this -- full disclosure: I criticized it in a column -- I don't recall any such debate happening in the years since. But now there have been more attacks on Christian churches, this time in Orissa. And some of the people involved have spoken about conversions, blaming them for the attacks in Orissa.
So I write here, to try starting such a debate in at least this small space.
What is it about conversions? Why do they threaten and anger so many people?
Same rules apply as here: These are serious, sincere questions. If you're willing to answer them in that same spirit, please leave a comment. In your own words, explained as you understand it and you'd like others to understand it: simply, clearly.
Responses like that will be appreciated. (And will, in turn, get responses from me in the same spirit). I promise not to criticize them.
Abuse, if any, will be ignored.