Sikh body the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has started a campaign to counter mass conversions of Sikhs to Christianity in Punjab. Religious bodies in the Sikh community have come under strong criticism after several videos showing the conversion of Sikh people to Christianity went viral on social media. The people have claimed that Christian missionaries are openly, illegally & fraudulently converting innocent Sikhs and Sikh religious organizations are not doing enough to "protect" the faith.
SGPC Chief Bibi Jagir Kaur said, "The campaign will not only bring firmness among Sikhs toward their faith but also make the young generation take pride in their history and culture."
Campaign to counter conversion
Under the campaign, 150 teams comprising seven preachers each have been dispatched to villages. They stay in the village for a week, and go from door to door to distribute Sikh literature. In the evening, they gather children at the local gurdwara to teach them the correct recitation of gurbani (hymn) and create awareness about the Sikh history, culture and philosophy. Thereafter, diwan (religious congregation) is staged by the preachers, dhadis (ballad singers) and kavishars (folk singers) to sensitise the community members about their faith and values, Hindustan Times reported.