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KAREENA KAPOOR’S CONVERSION TO ISLAM
The rumors about Kareena Kapoor’s marriage to an actor Saif Ali Khan and her conversion to Islam has agitated the minds of Indians (Hindus) living in USA.
Kareena Kapoor is one of the top most actresses in the film industry in Bollywood. She is also one of the prettiest women in India. Many Indians (Hindus) look to her as a role model and a scion of the Kapoor Khandan which is held in high esteem in the country.
With her runaway success in movies, Kareena is in an enviable position. But the status also brings social responsibility and accountability. It appears that this woman is out to insult Hindu nation by marrying a Muslim man and converting to Islam in spite of the fact that the great doyens of Mumbai film industry, Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and her mother Babita Shivdasani – all of them – had been driven from Islamic Pakistan at the time of Partition because they were Hindus.
We concede that it is Kareena’s personal decision to marry whomsoever she wants. Our main objection is to her conversion to Islam. Most Hindus consider conversion to other religions as an aggression on the Hindu Samaj. We also fail to understand why she has to convert to Islam and why not the other way round with Saif converting to Hinduism!
The conversion of Hindu people to Islam has many serious political connotations and ramifications for our ancestral country. We cannot forget that it was the rise in the Muslim population in India that gave rise to the demand for Pakistan and resulted in the vivisection of India.
Bollywood is controlled by Muslim underworld. They use threats and violence to meet their ends. It is also not clear whether Kareena is being blackmailed by some of these people into converting.
Hindu actresses should also learn a lesson or two from the miserable plight of Monica Bedi, an innocent Punjabi girl, who was lured into a trap by gangster Abu Salem. She was arrested in Lisbon in 2002 and finally landed in Bhopal jail.
Hindu parents should also note that it is the ignorance of Hindu History and lack of Hindu sanskaras that is playing havoc with our Hindu Samaj.
Hindus are watching with suppressed anguish the conversion of many Hindu actresses to Islam. Hindus believe that their catholicity and respect for other religions is being misused and mistaken for their weakness.
Today, Hindus are in a glowering mood and feel being pushed to the wall. I am afraid one day the entire Hindu Samaj may decide that ‘enough is enough’ and may rise in revolt against the exploiters of our society.