Indian parliamentarian hailing from Uttar Pradesh, MP Bharat Singh has termed Christian missionaries a threat to India’s unity. Bharat Singh hails from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Talking to media, he remarked that these Christian missionaries control the Congress.
“Christian missionaries control the Congress. Sonia Gandhi, the mother of Congress president Rahul Gandhi works on the directions of these missionaries. These missionaries are a threat for the unity of the country,” MP Bharat Singh told the reporters on April 21.
Bharat Singh alleged that the states in North East witness a decline in democracy because of the “conversion of people there into Christianity.” “The North-East is under the influence of Christian missionaries. Democracy has weakened due to conversion of people into Christianity there. The conspiracies hatched by these missionaries are threat for the country,” he added.
Furthermore, MP Bharat Singh also accused that Christian missionaries were behind the vandalisation of the statues of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, who was a key architect of the Indian Constitution. In March, Dr. Ambedkar’s statues were vandalized in Azamgarh, Meerut and Allahabad. Two of Dr. Ambedkar’s were found destroyed in Nawada and Sheikhpura districts in Bihar.
Sajan K. George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, has responded to MP Bharat Singh’s statement saying that MP Singh had “one intent: to sow discord among religious communities”. He said that this was merely attempt to spread religion based hatred in India.
In this regard, Indian priest Reverend Jacob Corepiscopa, from the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Christian majority state Kerala, said that Christians never “force anyone to become a Christian”, he said that their charitable work not for the purpose of converting people’s religion. “This is the way we share our Christian love with others. Such things are misrepresented as efforts to seek religious conversion.”