Tension in Tripura hills over mass conversion

AGARTALA: Serious discontent is brewing among tribesmen in Tripura following alleged large-scale conversion to Christianity in remote parts of North and West Tripura districts.

Tripura Baptist Christian Union secretary Rana Kumar Debbarma admitted that young tribals had been embracing Christianity in recent time on large scale.

He claimed that more than 250 persons, mostly from Tripuri community, changed their faith in this sub-division alone in December. He also gave the break-up of those converted in each area. In North Tripura district, it was the Jhumia Reangs who converted.

There has also been a sharp rise in the number of churches in this area with as many as 193 coming up in the past few years. Bikramjaypara which once happened to be a communist bastion and a village of Vaishnavite Reangs is now 50% neo-Christian. A visiting team of reporters found that within last 15 days 110 Reang jhumias had converted in the sub-division.


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