Andhra Pradesh is 25% Christian now, thanks to late YSR Reddy

According to the census of Bharat 2011, in Andhra Pradesh (undivided), 88.46% of the population was Hindu and 9.56% was Muslim. The total Christian population was around 1.35% and had actually decreased continuously since census of 1971 in percentage terms as well as in absolute numbers. The total number of Christians in Andhra Pradesh was about 6.8 lakhs according to the census 2011. It was more than 15 lakhs in census of 1971.

So, is the number of Christians really decreasing in the state of Andhra Pradesh? Evidence proves otherwise. I will mention a few data points below, that will prove beyond doubt that Andhra Pradesh is 25% Christian now:-

Andhra Christians
Screenshot from the website of Church showing total membership of 30 lakh
  • The Hindu of 26th of May, 2020 carried a news in which Jagan Mohan Reddy, the current CM of Andhra (who is a Christian, despite a Hindu sounding name), had provided monetary relief to Imams, Pastors and Pujaris. The report gives their number in the state as : “33,803 temple priests, 29,841 pastors and 13,646 imams in the State.” There are a number of observations here:-
    • The number of Pastors is only slightly less than number of Pujaris in the state. Either all Pujaris were not included or it signifies a major increase in Christian population in Andhra.
    • Going by the official census data, there is 1 Pastor for every 22-23 people i.e. every 5 families?(divide total claimed population of 6.82 lakh by number of pastors i.e. about 30000.) This is illogical and shows that census data is absolutely rubbish in this case.
    • Let us assume that every Pastor is responsible for a group of 100 families on average. This is a sensible number, not too large and not too small : just the size of a part of a small village. 100 families makes about 500 people(On average 5 people in a household across three generations). Multiple number of pastors(approximately 30000) to 500 and you get the probable number of Christians i.e. 1.5 crores! The current population of Andhra is about 6 crores. This is 25%!

These points prove beyond doubt the large scale conversions to Christianity as well as the fraud in census data. But why hide the data?

Why hide that Andhra Pradesh is 25% Christian?

The reason for hiding the fact that Andhra is 25% Christian is govt benefits of reservation. Despite a host of schemes for Christians that are run by AP govt, including giving some benefits to Christian converts from Scheduled Caste, the reservations in educational institutions and jobs are only available to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs. Scheduled Castes can only be of Hindu or allied religions, not Islam or Christianity.

Many converts to Christianity from Scheduled Caste are not showing their new religious identity for fear of loss of reservation benefit. It is to be remembered that this tactic is used all over Bharat. They do not change their names on conversion to Christianity.

Many IAS officers from Tamil Nadu and Andhra, who claim SC status for job are actually Christians. Indeed, President K. R. Narayanan, often mistakenly called Bharat’s first Dalit President was a Christian convert! This issue was raised during his election, but remained un-examined till his death. This fact was revealed after his ashes were given a Christian burial and he has a grave in a Christian cemetery in Delhi.

Despite the protests of his daughter that Narayanan was a Hindu, Rev. J. Rebello of the Catholic church, who is also the chairman of Delhi Cemeteries Committee, had told that the cemetery is exclusively for Christians. “The burial happened because the Christian pastor of Narayanan’s wife, a Protestant, could have vouched that Narayanan is a Christian,” he said. “The church has no problem in burying the ashes, the Pope too has allowed it. But the person has to be a Christian,” said the Rev. Rebello. “Even cremation of Christians is allowed,” he added.

Of course, this fraud is against the interests of Hindu Scheduled Castes who have the exclusive right on reservation. Christians claim their religion gives equality and there is no social discrimination in their religion. It is to be noted that there is a movement to provide reservation benefits to converted SCs, being led by Christian priests.

Another reason could be to not alarm the Hindus. They wish to avoid confrontation since Hindus are still strong in Andhra and form a majority. They might come into open when they become a majority or close to it. They already run the government there, but Jagan had to do a lot of temple hopping to come into power. If the trend continues, he may become the permanent CM of Andhra in next few years. But, till then it may be a conscious policy to downplay the issue of conversions in Andhra.

YSR Reddy

In Andhra Pradesh, the conversion to Christianity was promoted by former CM YS Rajasekhar Reddy. He was the son of Y S Raja Reddy, an alleged criminal from Kadapa district. Raja Reddy, who began his career as a manager in Mangampet Barytes Mines (the biggest producer of barytes in Bharat), later captured the mines by allegedly killing the owner Venkata Narasaiah.

YSR used to help his father in his alleged criminal activities. In 1970s, he also entered politics. The criminal enterprise continued and in 1998, Raja Reddy was killed in a bomb attack by a rival gang.

YSR amassed thousands of crores worth property through corrupt and illegal means. Indeed, even US diplomats talked about his corruption and commented that this was much higher than usual corruption in Bharat. He amassed thousands of acres of land in an illegal manner.

YSR’s father had converted to Christianity and YSR made many efforts to spread Christianity in Andhra Pradesh. His efforts included staffing the govt with Christian officers, installing Christians in Tirupati administration and also through his evangelist son-in-law.

Conversion : a family business of Reddy family

YSR’s daughter Sharmila married a second time in 1995. The groom was a Brahmin named Anil Kumar, that she had met in USA. Anil Kumar was accepted in YSR family only after he had converted to Christianity. Within 3 years, Anil Kumar transformed from a Hindu to an enemy of Hindu Dharma: an evangelist.

Andhra is 25% Christian due to efforts of YSR
YSR releasing Christian Songs CD of his evangelist son-in-law Anil (In the right)

YSR spent huge amount of money to promote his son-in-law’s conversion business and it was resented by other Christian preachers.

Anil Kumar, now referred to as ‘Bro’ Anil Kumar , had also been allegedly involved in a telecom scam in 1990s. When his father-in-law became CM, his prayer meetings started to get bigger and used to have 2-3 lakhs attendees. Naturally, the opposition raised this point, but no one heard as it was during the UPA govt, informally headed by Christian Sonia Gandhi.

Anil Kumar’s meetings routinely involve members of YSR clan to project his power. Conversion is a family business for YSR Reddy’s clan.

Current efforts

The current government of Andhra, headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy (YSR’s son), has taken many steps to promote Christianity. It is not surprising, because Jagan has always worn his religion on his sleeve. Watch his palatial house here and note the huge cross.

andhra pradesh is 25% christian

I will mention a few steps taken by Jagan Mohan to promote Christianity in Andhra Pradesh below:-

  • His uncle YV Subba Reddy was appointed head of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. He is brother of his mother, a devout Christian. Most likely, he is one among the many crypto-Christians of Andhra.
  • Recently, he was trying to dispose off property of Tirupati temple, but the proposal had to be shelved after widespread protests.

Conclusion

The issue of rampant Christian conversion in Bharat is worrying for Hindus. Even more serious is the issue of crypto, or hidden, Christians.

In 4th century Roman Empire, crypto-Christians had outnumbered Roman Pagans. This resulted in widespread persecution of Pagans including burning them alive and forcible conversions. Practicing the Pagan religion was made an offence punishable by death by Christian rulers. The Pagan architects who designed Hagia Sophia were also tortured and executed. Now, there is not a single Roman Pagan left in the world.

Pagan temples were looted to construct huge churches and Pagan holy places were captured and churches made upon them. Pagan festivals were assimilated into Christianity. The scholars of history know that  Easter and even Christmas were Pagan festivals before they were appropriated.

Christian churches think in terms of millennia. Pope John Paul Visited Bharat in 1999 and said that tolerance and respect is fine, but Christians have to focus on conversions! The plan is to make Asia Christian, just like Europe was made Christian in the 1st millennium and Americas, Africa and Australia in 2nd millennium.

It is important that Hindus too should think about the long term consequences of the tiniest of actions and save their religion. Else, Hindu Dharma will die and Hindus would become the objects of curiosity, just like pagans of ancient Rome, ancient Egypt and medieval native Americans.


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Pawan Pandey
Pawan Pandey is an Educator based in Dehradun, currently working as Senior Staff Writer with HinduPost. He is an Engineer by training and a teacher by passion. He teaches for Civil Service Exams as well as for Common Law Admission Test. He has deep interest in politics, economy, culture and all things Bharatiya. He fancies himself to be a loving husband and doting father. His weakness is Bharatiya food, particularly sweets. His hobbies include reading, writing and listening to Bharatiya music.