I am in India and visited my in-law’s place which is a village near Guntur in Andhra. I visited their place after six years. I woke up at 4 AM to the Vishnu Sahasranama and was enjoying it and then came blaring loudspeakers which sounded like some Bhajans but not that I know. What I found is that Christians in the village put their Christ Bhajans mimicking the Bhajans we have. At 5 AM a blare of Adzhan came out of the loudspeakers. The case in point is that 6 years ago when I visited I only listened to Vishnu Sahasranama in the morning. The wave of conversions that are triggered by YSR has fructified and almost 33% of the village has converted Christians.
You wouldn’t know a Muslim in Andhra since the men whore Dhoti and woman wore saree and toe rings and Mangalasutram. The only way you would know they were Muslims is when they gave their name. There were no mosques except in the bigger town of Guntur which has sizeable Muslim population traditionally. Now it spread into small villages. This was the impact of Naik and his team which learned some scriptures and started quoting them to the so-called Hindus and it is pretty convincing them to convert to Islam. Currently, there is a campaign going on in Hyderabad by Islamic foundation. TThe campaign says ” Mohammed is everyone’s prophet”, “Heaven is under the feet of a mother”. Sounds like vedic?
The chief minister of Andhra in his Christmas message said that there will be a special focus on providing employment to Christians. This government is supported by BJP.
The fact is conversions are happening at a faster pace. We didn’t do a thing changing the media about demonizing the Hindutva. My guess is that by 2024 there will be a Muslim Chief Minister in WB and a Christian CM in Andhra. The appeasement by Chandrababu won’t work. Andhra Christians want their CM to be Christian. This would accelerate open conversions. What was not possible for centuries is almost a reality now.
What I suggest is that we should focus on the core issues and be on media and debate it and become visible than working under a veil. Any discussions towards that are what needed immediately.