Did conversion help?
Many Hindus in India have left their born faith and converted to other faiths. This was prompted by their desire to seek a living which was denied to them because they belonged to lower castes, dalits. They were assured of an improvement in the quality of their life by the people of other faiths. They were also assured equality in the new faith. But all this has not come true. These people are now agitating for reservation claiming that they are still dalits. See the agitation launched by converted Christians and Buddhists.
I am always against conversion, but I am also in favour of an individual having freedom to decide his or her faith. But in case of almost all conversions taking place in India, it is not the free will of person converting, but motivated or instigated by people of other faiths. This is where it is wrong.
I also believe that faith is purely personal, and no other person has any role or right to enter this area. Any body entering this area and motivating or instigating to change faith is wrong. In my opinion, it is a crime against God, by whatever name these people address Him. Convincing and converting can not be a part of any religion. It is said about Islam and Christianity. I think it is an aberration. It is not natural. God is one. Only people call Him by different names.
Church burning is wrong. Attacking any religious place is wrong. Violence in the name of religion is wrong. And believe me, all this starts when people of one faith start exploiting weaknesses of other people to force them to conversion. Whatever violence is seen is largely due to this act of conversion. Why can’t people live in their own faith with love and peace? Why should they bother about other peoples” faith?