Punjab: Special Drive To Counter Christian Missionaries

NewsDesk    13-Oct-2021
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Recently, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) of Punjab has launched a special drive to counter alleged mass conversions of Sikhs to Christianity in Punjab. The SGPC campaign named ‘Ghar Ghar Andar Dharamsaal (sacred shrine within every home)’ has adopted the same means as used by Christian preachers and is going door-to-door to spread Sikh teachings. It is a special drive in the villages in Punjab to check the conversion activities of the Christian missionaries. The SGPC has come under attack after multiple videos of Sikhs converting to Christianity started doing the rounds on social media platforms. The campaign aims to distribute Sikh literature to the people in the villages of Punjab. “Christian missionaries have been running a campaign in the border belt for forced conversions over the past few years. Innocent people are being cheated or lured to convert. We have received many such reports,” the Akal Takht Jathedar, who is the head priest of the Sikh community’s highest temporal seat, said in a statement. Under the campaign, 150 teams comprising seven preachers each have been dispatched to villages. They stay in the village for a week, and go from door to door to distribute Sikh literature. In the evening, they gather children at the local gurdwara to teach them the correct recitation of gurbani (hymn) and create awareness about the Sikh history, culture and philosophy. Thereafter, diwan (religious congregation) is staged by the preachers, dhadis (ballad singers) and kavishars (folk singers) to sensitise the community members about their faith and values.