Hindu Jagran Manch

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Hindu Jagran Manch (translation: Forum for Hindu Awakening) is an Indian Hindu activist group affiliated to the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). It focuses on activism against religious conversion and works for the reconversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. It is said to have been founded by Vinay Katiyar in 1982. It first came to public attention for its activism and religious violence in the tribal areas of the Dangs district of Gujarat in 1998.[1][2][3][4][5] It and other similar affiliates Hindu Jagran Samiti, Hindu Jagran Samaj and Dharm Jagran Samiti have been implicated in the aggressive Ghar Wapsi (reconversion to Hinduism) programmes in 2014–2015.[6][7]


  1. ^ Active in Rajasthan, the Vice President of Bali district is Manhardev Singh. Mukta, Parita. "The public face of Hindu nationalism". Ethnic and Racial Studies. 23 (3): 442–466. doi:10.1080/014198700328944.
  2. ^ Joshi, Satyakam (11 September 1999). "Tribals, Missionaries and Sadhus: Understanding violence in the Dangs". Economic and Political Weekly. 34 (37): 2667–2675. JSTOR 4408400.
  3. ^ Katju, Manjari (2013). Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics. Orient Blackswan. pp. 134–139. ISBN 81-250-2476-X.
  4. ^ Shah, Ghanshyam (2002). "Conversion, Reconversion and the State: Recent Events in the Dangs". In Paul R. Brass; Achin Vanaik. Competing Nationalisms in South Asia: Essays for Asghar Ali Engineer. Orient Blackswan. pp. 118–141. ISBN 812502221X.
  5. ^ India, Politics by Other Means: Attacks against Christians in India, Human Rights Watch, October 1999. Section IV (Violence in Gujarat).
  6. ^ ‘Conversions’: A lot of homework goes into ‘ghar wapsi’, Times of India, 14 December 2014.
  7. ^ Ghar Wapsi: Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission says 50 families were 'lured' into conversion, Mail Today, 3 February 2015