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.
Now that all suspence has been removed, Teesta and Mrs. Jaffri, Mukul Sinha and Javed Mia/Sabana as well as Mallika should ask themselves, whether they have concrete evidence that Mr. Modi lied in this interview? Obviously SIT did not have any such evidence and hence SIT had no choice but to give clean chit to Mr. Modi. And yes, it was a CLEAN CHIT to Mr. Modi, no if and or but about it. Mr. Pande may have given his opinion about not bringing bodies of Kar Sevaks to Ahmedabad, but SIT thoroughly investigated that point and concluded that it was a valid and necessary decision.
>> "This is exactly what you would expect from a person of his stature - respect for the law and contempt for libel." - Kautilya
I really liked the tone and tenor of all the answers given by Modi to a number of questions. He really gave pointed answers to whatever he was supposed to know as a CM of the state. On media reports, rumors, allegations, he shot them down with the contempt they deserved. This is exactly what you would expect from a person of his stature - respect for the law and contempt for libel.
It is amazing. I remember just after the interview, the media reported that Mr. Modi answered most of the questions as "I don't know or as I don't remember as it happened long time ago".
I have read twice the Statement of Modi .So what fault the Secu Brigade finds with ? Except mein na manoo attitude.
If Modi says Zafri sahib did not call it then the Secus could have given the records of Zafri's calls .Merely bogus un-verified and unsubstantiated statements by Secu Team and Bhat that Records of Phone calls have been destroyed by the SIT can't be accepted as they are biased ones specially Bhat who finds that Noose for Custodial killing is speedily inching towards his neck. We also know Bhat has been offered protection openly by Chidambram an unique example where the Home Minister of the Country is offering protection to a Custodial killer . Teesta has her own interests as she is getting fund sfor keeping the issue on boil .Even her Deputy Rais Khan has confirmed so .
Thus a Political Agenda of the Secus to keep Modi embroiled needlessly so that he does not become an National Leader & a threat to them .
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