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Untouchability, caste bias major reasons why Hindus convert to other religions: RSS leader

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The practice of untouchability and discrimination based on caste are responsible for the conversion of Hindus to religions like Islam and Christianity said a Senior RSS leader said while addressing the reporters.

“Christians and Muslims were not to blame for the conversion of Hindus,” accepted  Shri Prabhu Narayan Srivastava.

When asked about the controversy over ‘ghar wapsi, Srivastava said that untouchability and discrimination on caste lines promoted by the Hindu religion and society was a weakness that pushed the deprived sections to convert to other religions.

“Both ‘ghar wapsi’ (re-conversion) and ‘ghar chhodna’ (conversion) were wrong if done out of greed or under inducement. No one should be forced to either convert or re-convert, and the religious freedom of everyone must be protected’’ he added.

“Untouchability  is the reason for weakness in Hindu society. Only our society practices untouchability and discrimination. Christians and Muslims are not responsible,” Srivastava said.

RSS has recently passed two resolutions in Nagpur – to welcome the decision of the United Nations to observe June 21 as International Yoga Day, and to appeal to all countrymen, including swayamsevaks  to play an effective role to establish the dignity of the mother language in education, day-to-day work and public affairs to achieve all-round development, national integrity and pride.

He added that India has blood relations with Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the taseer (essence) of soils, as well as their DNA, were the same.

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Most Positive Buzz In India Created By Google in 2018: Report

YouGov "BrandIndex" also revealed the brands that noted the greatest improvement to consumer perception in 2018. 

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google created the most positive buzz in India last year, follewed by Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Google-owned YouTube, international research firm YouGov said on Wednesday.

Google had a Buzz score of 57.2 points, WhatsApp 55.7 and YouTube 52.9 points in the “2018 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings” in India.

“In the age of digital natives, it is no surprise that the top 10 list has a dominance of technology brands. Noticeably, financial brands have recorded good improvement to their buzz score in the past year,” YouGov India General Manager Deepa Bhatia said in a statement.

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

YouGov “BrandIndex” measures the public’s perception of brands on a daily basis across a range of metrics.

The rankings are compiled using Buzz scores from the entire year’s worth of data. Buzz scores measure whether people have heard anything positive or negative about a brand during the previous two weeks.

“According to the rankings, we see a surge in the popularity of digital brands and social networks. While the top 3 is dominated by technology giants, social networks like Facebook and Instagram park themselves at nine and 10, respectively,” said the report.

MakeMyTrip was at fourth place, followed by Amazon at fifth spot.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Philipp Justus, Google Vice President for Central Europe and German-speaking Countries, chat behind a Google logo during the opening of a new Google office in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 22, 2019. VOA

Cab hailing services like Ola and Uber managed to stay in the limelight for a large part of the year and grabbed seventh and eighth position, respectively.

Also Read: YouTube Bans Dangerous, Harmful Pranks From its Platform

Food-delivery platform Swiggy landed at the sixth spot in the top 10 list.

YouGov “BrandIndex” also revealed the brands that noted the greatest improvement to consumer perception in 2018.

In India, Zomato is the “most improved” brand of the past year, followed by Instagram and Kotak Mahindra Bank. (IANS)