A pastor was arrested in Kashmir for converting seven Muslims into Christianity. I wonder why the BJP has not yet taken up the issue.
You can buy anybody today. You can buy a politician. The cost may be in crores (one crore = 10 million) of rupees. You can convert a Congress politician into a BJP politician or vice-versa by paying a few crore rupees. You can convert a Janata Dal politician into a Bahujan Samajwati Party politician or vice-versa by paying a few lakhs.
You can convert farmlands into race courses or backwaters into tourist resorts. You can convert an atheist into a theist or vice-versa . You can convert a doctor into an engineer or a musician into a novelist. You can convert almost anything into anything. But you cannot convert a Muslim into a Christian or vice-versa or a Hindu into a Christian (the vice-versa is simply impossible except under conditions laid down by certain criminals).
One Rev. Channa Mani Khanna converted seven Muslims in Kashmir into Christianity. Just like Rahul Gandhi would have converted some BSP party-men into Congress in Uttar Pradesh or Mayawati would have done the vice-versa.
When it comes to religion, why do we all get worked up so much?
Why can’t anyone convert anybody from his religion into some other religion?
Even by paying money?
If I accept money and change my religion, it will only prove that my religion had no value for me – and also that my new religion’s value is only a matter of money, and not a matter of conviction. In other words, if I choose to convert from one religion into another for the sake of money, it means that I value the money more than the religion. Give me more money and I will change it any time – that’s the logic of such people.
Rev. Channa Mani Khanna tried that logic in Kashmir. What’s wrong in that if we are ready to accept the value of money in every other realm of our practical affairs?
A simple (and yet complex) question: Would Pramod Muthalik of Sri Ram Sene attack people in a pub in Mangalore if Hinduism was the only religion practised in Karnataka?
The answer is not simple. And not complex, either! Because people like Muthalik would attack anybody. People like him want money. They will attack anything and anybody for that one commodity.
The arrest of Rev. Channa Mani Khanna in Kashmir is a little different matter, however. There is no law in Kashmir against religious conversion. But the Kashmir govt is not trying to make money out of attacking Rev. Channa Mani Khanna. It is trying to reinforce the Islamic religion which is under threat from the capitalist system that is slowly overtaking it.
Who is going to be the winner in the long run? Islamic radicalism? Christian capitalism? Hindu opportunism? I’m just amused.