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Vishva Hindu Pariṣad (pronunciation: /vɪʃv(ə) hɪnd̪uː pərɪʃəd̪/, English: World Hindu Council), abbreviated VHP, is a Hindu right-wing organization in India and is based on the ideology of Hindutva. It was founded in 1964 and its main objective is "to organize, consolidate the Hindu society and to serve, protect the Hindu Dharma." The VHP belongs to the Sangh Parivar, an umbrella of Hindu nationalist organizations. It has been involved in social service projects, construction and renovation of Hindu temples and in issues such as cow slaughter, conversions to other religions, the Ayodhya dispute and its role in the Babri Masjid demolition. The VHP has been involved in converting Christian tribals to Hinduism, including some reports of forced conversions and violence in 2004 and 2008.

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