This piece first appeared in the Hindustan Times on May 18, 2014.
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.
Congress ran the economy into the ground by minimizing (FISCAL DEFICIT + TRADE DEFICIT) as appropriate to a gold standard economy instead of maximizing ( FISCAL DEFICIT - TRADE DEFICIT) appropriate to fiat money economics.
Modi is repeating the same mistake. India is out of luck!
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it." Is right. Taxes are not needed to fund the federal govt. It only helps if the govt can increases the tax at the high end which is impossible because the rich own the govt and bribe the politicians and the people are too stupid to object.
For a money creator, DEFICIT means created money. At one time the govt and private sector were on the same side of economic balance and if the govt were in deficit, so did the people. Not any more. The new balance is
FISCAL DEFICIT – TRADE DEFICIT = NET PRIVATE SAVINGS, where FISCAL DEFICIT is created money, created at zero cost and zero interest rate and no debt payments. The fact its name is DEFICIT scares people. Note that FISCAL DEFICIT is the prime mover of the economy. It is supposed to be invested in all commons.At neutral trade, one dollar DEFICIT
adds one dollar to PRIVATE SAVINGS and One dollar of wealth.
This is shown by data in
Comparing the BJP with MIM? You are on to something!.. Anwar.
It is this sort of statements which polarised the Hindus. Muslims terrporise the hindus and all political parties support them. Hindus try to reciprocate, and they become Sanghis. It is time Muslims learn how to behave.
How do we know that Narendra Modi is a visionary leader ?
P.V.Narasimha Rao as Chief Minister of AP proved to be inefficient ,lack luster chief minister who became famous for his flying to Delhi for every single decision ! He sought help from Indira Gandhi for every issue concerning even state administration !!! For example he did not know as to how to handle an issue like separe Telengana state.
But later on, by the end of his political career and his life as well he became Prime Minister of India.
He proved be a visionary beyond criticism. He liberalised economy.Appointed Man Mohan Singh as finance minister. Did away most aspects of licence raj. And ignored Gandhi or Sonia parivar completely and along with them all of their boot lickers and sycophants.
Now Modi became PM on the projection of himself as a great man of development !! and also an euphoric clean administration.
I have great doubts about Mr.Modi's vision of India and his future plans for younger generations of India.
A Prime Minister need not be a great administrator . But he must be a great visionary. For example he or she must be a great visionary to bring administrative reforms rather than being a great administrator himself.
Indira Gandhi thought that green revolution was the key. She went on with nationalisation of banks, achieving self sufficiency in food production early on to her credit. She could also divide a nasty enemy neighbour Pakistan in to two pieces. She thought of making an atom bomb and satellites when people were practically starving for lack of food grain and even when milk production was absymally low.
So was Rajiv Gandhi with his vision for software, super computers when commuinists and BJP argued in parliament against computerization for fear of increased unemployment !!! but he did not listen.Today we know what it means a visionary when so much money is coming in to India because of our younger generation skills of software. We caught it early on, much earlier than Germany ,U.K. or China for example.
What could be the vision of Mr.Narendra Modi? I think he must forget Gujarat Model of development and the hype woven around it. There was no vision ,nothing.
A village sarpanch like strict administration is not an answer for future of India. In a developing country , corrupt administration of Govt. is a necessary evil. For example N.T.Rama Rao came to power on the plank of corrupt free administration and made blunders like early retirement for govt.employees and other blunders like terrible caste riots in Vijyawada etc., He completely lacked a vision and proved himself as a person who lacked dignity.
What was the necessity for Mr.Modi to call Sri lanka PM or Nawaz Sharif ? This was like Modi appreciating genocide commited by Sri lanka on Tamil minority !
Within 100 days I think Mr.Modi will execute biggest blunders.
At 41-d ; Do not write about stupids.
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