The growing trend of retired IAS and IPS officers contesting elections has triggered a debate. Will Parliament function better with the infusion of Babus? Meanwhile, the apex court has turned down petitions to enforce a cooling off period.
Apropos All India Political Service (May 12), I wonder if former bureaucrats are joining politics because they are not really pleased with what they could do in service.
H.N. Ramakrishna, Novi, Michigan, US
IAS officers and other bureaucrats will easily game the rickety Indian system even if they don’t enter politics.
Ramesh Ramachandra, Bangalore
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.
The oft heard, recent temptation towards the omni potent political power is too much for the buereacrats to resist for obvious reasons. The Indian political clouds are murkier with sneaking scams and corruption, and when it is read along with the news of soaring IAS officers who are reluctant to file their income, the answer is that simple. The decades old servility now tends to take seat on wheels of power. The hitherto implementors yearn very much to turn planners, though not for the welfare of the society.That many officers rush to throw their hats into the legislature ring may leave the political bosses fret and fume.
7/D-99 K. Suresh
Life is beautiful since there is never an end to acquiring knowledge however long one might live (so long as one has an open and curious and inquiring mind, as you have displayed)!
@Ramesh Ramachandra - Thanks for the clarification. I didn't know it can be used as a transitive verb.
5/D-75 - K. SURESH, Bangalore >> "Insinuate???"
Yes, Sir, "Insinuate":-
(i): Merriam Webster Dictionary: "to gradually make (yourself) a part of a group, a person's life, etc., often by behaving in a dishonest way."
(ii): Chambers Twentieth Dictionary: "to creep or flow in: to enter gently; to obtain access by flattery or stealth."
(iii): Oxford Dictionary: "Manoeuvre oneself into (a favourable position) by subtle manipulation."
@Ramesh Ramachandra - "They even insinuate their relatives into such posts."
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