“Conversions create social tensions. The targeted community feels that it will lose out on its culture and civilisational values. All societies try and protect the collective consciousness of the past. The destruction of a culture is not only in terms of physical structures like places of worship, but also a destruction of amassed wisdom. The great library of Alexandria in pre-Christian and pre-Islam Egypt were destroyed by the followers of these two systems. In South America, we see only mute monuments of what were obviously great civilisations. The Hindu civilisation is today the oldest surviving civilisation. This has been achieved at a great cost in terms of resisting those who came to destroy. It is easy to destroy, but difficult to preserve.” – Read Hindu objections to conversions, prepared by Hindu Vivek Kendra (Mumbai) and available online as Q&A on the following webpage: http://www.hvk.org/publications/faq/37list.html.