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Badagas taking out a procession in Ooty on Saturday. Photo:M . Sathyamoorthy
 - Badagas taking out a procession in Ooty on Saturday. Photo:M.Sathyamoorthy [The Hindu]

"Rally Against Govt Employee's 'Conversion Bid'  [News report in - Jan 08, 2012]

About 2,000 people today took out a procession here today demanding action against a government polytechnic lecturer accusing him of attempting to convert the locals to Christianity.

The people of B Manihatty village and surrounding localities dominated by Badaga community, a tribal community of the Nilgiris District, submitted a memorandum to the District Collector demanding action against lecturer Moorthy, who had recently converted to Christianity, police said.The villagers had yesterday ransacked the house and burnt the belongings of Moorthy protesting against his plans to build a prayer hall after obtaining permission for constructing a residential premises. More than 100 villagers were arrested in connection with the violence.

The memorandum also demanded a departmental inquiry and transfer of the district Superintendent of Police, accusing him of 'functioning' against the villagers. More than 500 police personnel have been deployed in the town as a precautionary measure in view of the rally taken out today."

This is a classical example of how one person can vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of a Badaga Village. Is this the fault of the individual who has turned a 'betrayer' of the community he was born in or the general trend in every hatti where there is no cooperation and unity among the villagers who are constantly at each other's throat - like what we have witnessed in Nanjanadu recently?

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