But then again, why wouldn't they propagate? It is all part of the grand scheme of influencing gullible and vulnerable sections of populations, such as children and the sick people, so that the number of 'believers' increases manifold.
As the numbers increase, we should expect more and more of such proselytisers from prominent walks of life, brazenly advertising their religion and gaining new recruits. Ghar wapsi, it can be argued, is a flawed response to evangelisation and conversion activities of all sorts.
On the other hand, if you haven't signed on to the program, well, then that's your grave error, and you will be rotting in hell for eternity. Really? Only because you did not believe in a notion? I thought God was a lot more benevolent than that.
We love Jesus - his life, his work, his example, is worth worshipping and emulating. But he is not alone, as evangelists would have you believe. India has been home to multitudes of seers of similar magnitude and spiritual aura. Besides, Sanatana Dharma has always extolled the validity and equality of all faiths.
In this context, there are three monumental works that clearly elucidate the issues at play, the reasons behind them, and possible solutions. These are:
- Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dalit Faultlines by Rajiv Malhotra & Aravindan Neelakandan
- Harvesting our Souls: Missionaries, Their Design, Their Claims by Arun Shourie
- Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan