Re-conversion Hindutva leader Judeo is no more

August 16, 2013 by  
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ghar wapsi programChhattisgarh, August 15, 2013: Dilip Singh Judeo, who shot into political prominence with his ‘Ghar Vapsi’ campaigns for re-conversion of Christians into Hindu fold died in a private hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday after a protracted illness. He was 64.

Chhattisgarh BJP government has declared a three-day mourning over the death of the party leader from August 16 to 18.

The last rites of Judeo, member of a former royal family, will be performed with state honors.

Judeo represents Bilaspur constituency in the Lok Sabha, was suffering from liver and kidney complication and was undergoing treatment at a Gurgaon hospital for the last two months.

Judeo’s ghar vapasi (homecoming) movement, claimed to bring Christians “back to” Hinduism, which it said had been their original religion.

Several such ceremonies have taken place since the movement began more than two decade ago. Media reports often describe them as stunts for political gains.

Such events, Christian leaders have alleged, help people get “headlines in print and visual media,” so people with election-ticket aspirations often organize such ceremonies to put themselves in the limelight.

– times of india

All parties praise Judeo… !?

Judeo, who was minister of state for environment and forests in the Atal Bijari Vajpayee government had to resign in 2003 in the wake of a sting operation that showed him taking a bribe for mining rights in Chhattisgarh.

His remarks caught on the tape – “Paisa khuda toh nahi par khuda ki kasam khuda se Kam nahi (money may not be god but is not less than god)” – had gone viral in the media.

BJP president Rajnath Singh condoled death of Judeo and said: “He spent his life for the welfare of tribals. In his death, not only has the country lost a political leader but tribal society has lost a worker.

Expressing grief over Judeo’s demise, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said he was a popular, dedicated and active public representative.

Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi termed his death “a great loss for the state”. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee president Charandas Mahant said he has “lost a great friend”.

– ians

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