International Journal of Indic Religions


The controversy over the Ghar Wapsi (homecoming) conversions in India has brought to focus the problematic ways in which freedom of (and from) religion and secularism have been idealized and enacted in the country since its independence. This paper looks at the state of discourse on conversion - especially the idea of predatory proselytization - and how Ghar Wapsi could compel both Christian and Muslim groups to re-examine the ways in which they convert non-Abrahamic populations. Borrowing from postcolonial frameworks, this paper seeks to problematize the idea of conversion itself in societies such as India - and why Ghar Wapsi is just as much a product of centuries of aggressive proselytizing and coercive conversion as it is a response to it.