Punjab’s new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, is not a stranger to controversies. The public was not happy with Channi’s appointment as the new CM, owing to him being an accused during the ‘Me Too’ movement in 2018. Now, reports of him being a Christian convert, are surfacing.
Punjab’s first Dalit CM or first Christian CM?
The INC, in its evergoing campaign of appeasement politics, introduced Charanjit Channi as the state’s supposedly ‘first Dalit Chief Minister’. However, it did not take long for the public to dismiss the INC’s claim. The Editor in Chief of Sudarshan TV tweeted a picture of Charanjit Channi’s wife, with a Christian cross hanging on the wall behind her.
दलित सिख नहीं बल्कि इसाई मुख्यमंत्री दिया है पंजाब को कॉंग्रेस ने ? उनकी पत्नी हमको प्रतिक्रिया दे रही हैं तो पीछे दिवार पर क्रॉस लटक रहा है ! pic.twitter.com/IKDINJAckv
— Suresh Chavhanke “Sudarshan News” (@SureshChavhanke) September 19, 2021
Soon after this, netizens stormed twitter with more evidence of the new CM’s alleged Christian background.
Channi and siddhu … in church, whole game is about christian conversion …nothing else !!! pic.twitter.com/8yM4WxR9IO
— No Conversion (@noconversion) September 20, 2021
INC’s knack for ousting Indian religions
The INC, over the years, has indulged in minority appeasement politics and blatant Hinduphobia, be it Nehru’s outrageous comments on Hindu temples and the party’s constant targeting of Hindu-oriented groups and parties. Now, the INC seems to have found a new target to diminish from their sights – the historical and magnificent Sikh religion. And for that, they are starting at the base of Indian Sikhs, itself – the state of Punjab.
Earlier this year on the ocassion of Eid, Punjab’s Congress government declared a new 23rd district (Malerkotla) for the state, which houses the majority of state’s minuscule Muslim population. Considering Punjab’s proximity to the terrorist country of Pakistan, this move, seems to have an ulterior motive behind it, to create a future divide between the enclosed Muslim population and their surrounding non-Muslim population.
Happy to share that on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my Govt has announced Malerkotla as the newest district in the state. The 23rd district holds huge historical significance. Have ordered to immediately locate a suitable site for the district administrative complex. pic.twitter.com/9j6pNRgXWC
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 14, 2021
An attempt by Congress to change Punjab’s demographics
Christian conversions in Punjab have been on a rapid rise, thanks to pastors like Ankur Narula, who boasts of preaching the ‘good news of Christ’ to a congregation of more than 100,000 people every week. Narula started his ministry in 2008, with just 3 people, which grew to 8000 members in 2012, 25000 members in 2015 and 118000 members, as of October, 2018. His website, claims that “numbers are increasing at a very high pace as hundreds of people take baptism in the church every month”.
The converted Christians, are no strangers to controversies. One Pastor Bajinder Singh, a self-styled Christian miracle healer, was arrested in 2018, under rape charges. With many such cases, in addition to the abuse that many women and children face under the disguise of ‘faith healing’ by the Christian missionaries, Punjab now seems to in a very chaotic situation.
For leftist portals like The Print, who leave no stone unturned in their anti-Hindu bias, the mass conversions are apparently non-existent. In 2020, they posted an article titled “Don’t listen to VHP and panic. Christianity is a failed project in India”. It clearly shows their bias for Christian conversions by downplaying realities and posting fake news to divert the public’s attention.
With the appointment of the alleged Christian Chief Minister and Sidhu’s mysterious connections, the INC seems to be on a mission to convert as many Sikhs and Hindus to Christianity for votes, before the 2022 Punjab assembly elections. Considering the party’s history of sneaky and dirty votebank politics at the expense of Hindus all over India, it should not come as a surprise if the Sikh religion faces a similar brunt, in Punjab.