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Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
This DMK leader who is speaking with Nira Radia is Poongothai Aladi Aruna minister of social welfare Tamilnadu involved in scandal. In an audio CD released by Janata party president Subramanian Swamy on 13 May 2008, Poongothai is pleading with the Director of Vigilance and Anti-corruption, SK Upadhyay to be soft on her relative, Jawahar. Jawahar is an electrical engineer in the Tamil Nadu electricity board and was caught accepting bribes. She later confirmed that the voice in that tape is really hers and resigned from office accepting responsibility.
King/Queen maker radia wanted to pocket another MoS candidate by coaxing Kani.
So just check the motives of NR though she sounds philosophical & caring!
but she is making just another business case.
"Radia with a DMK minister".This woman minister is none other than the current IT minister in Tamilnadu "Mrs.Poongothai aladi aruna".It's confirmed.
You are doing a great job. But I think you should seriously considering hiring someone who is wired to the state politics in TN. Any one who understands English and who is a Tamilian would have made out by now who the person in the audio clip is by now.
Who Is the Sachin mentioned here who according to Niira Radia is apparently good, will be a big help to Mrs.Poongothai on her e-governance road show & her cousin brother actually the MoS for Telecom & IT. Sachin Pilot ? Outlook please investigate this ...
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