Conversion is the way forward to stop BJP’s growth in Tamil Nadu : ‘Activist’ Shalin Lawrence

A self-proclaimed Christian activist and writer in Tamil Nadu has openly called for religious conversion “to stop BJP’s growth” in the state. A DMK sympathiser, the so-called activist expressed her fear that atheism will only benefit BJP which will use it as a weapon to strengthen its spread across the state. However even DMK sympathisers, who have views similar to her told her that conversion will give fuel to BJP to further polarise the state and gain electorally.

Shalin Maria Lawrence, who claims to be an activist and writer posted in her Facebook page that there are only two ways to arrest the growth of BJP in TN. The two ways she mentioned were “conversion” and “taking Ayodhidasa and Ambedkar to every household”. She feared that BJP will use atheism as a weapon. She further said in the post that only “cultural changes” or “restoring history” will defeat religious hate campaigns.

Ironically she could call for religious conversion and want to defeat religious hate campaigns in the same sentence. This appears to be an effect of BJP winning 300+ seats in local body election. While it is not much it seems to have triggered a meltdown among DMK sympathisers as their main campaign slogan was “BJP will intrude the state” if people didn’t vote for DMK. Uma Anandhan, a temple activist contested on BJP ticket and won from 134th ward in Chennai. This appears to have disturbed the mental peace of Dravidianists who were gloating that the current assembly is 100% Brahmin free.

The post appears to be reaction to her victory as many in her comments related to the same. However the commentors, from her own coterie pointed out that religious conversion will only work in favour of BJP like how it did in Kanyakumari. The most number of wards were won by BJP from the district. As fellow Dravidianists themselves criticised her call for conversion she played it up as conversion to Buddhism as advocated by Ambedkar. Yet she deleted the sentence where she advocated for religious conversion after it received backlash from fellow DMK sympathisers.

It is no wonder that missionaries and evangelists in the guise of activists have started openly advocating religious conversion to “rescue” the state and its people from “communal forces”. CM MK Stalin had said in a CSI church event, “this government was formed by you(Christians)”. His party’s Christian MLA Inigo Irudayaraj felicitated nun Sahaya Mary who was mentioned by Lavanya in her dying declaration. Sam Esudoss, a Pentecoastal pastor, had revealed in one of his tele-sermons that Christian denominations had “pledged support and received some promises”. “We have gotten some promises from their politicians. Leaders and brothers who lead the party have assured us that they will protect Christians”, he said. He had also vowed to bring Bharat under Jesus.

Source : Hindupost

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