Gharwapsi in Punjab

published on January 2, 2015

HOSHIARPUR: Rajbir Singh, a 36-year-old Mazhabi Sikh of Dasuya, has all the passion of a neo-convert. He says he returned to his faith from Christianity with the help of the RSS affiliate Dharam Jagran Samanvay Vibhag, which is spearheading the socalled ghar wapsi or homecoming programme in Punjab.

Singh’s family is among the nearly 400 Christian families that were “reconverted” to Mazhabi Sikhs by the vibhag, which claims to have brought more than 17,000 people in the state back into the fold of Hinduism , mainly from Christianity, over the past year.

On Tuesday, the vibhag “reconverted” 128 Mazhabi Sikhs who had embraced Christianity, after a similar exercise involving over 250 families about three months ago. These families were handed over to the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) after performing religious ceremony in gurdwaras.

“My family was promised financial assistance including quality education to my son in a missionary school. But when I realised that our gurus were being insulted, I decided to return” Singh told ET.

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