Courtesy, http://justicekatju.blogspot.in. of An edited version of this article published in The Hindu on February 15,2013
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.
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Suryanelli Rape: 111 Booked for Anti-Kurien Posts on FB "'
Perhaps Katju sahib has not seen this item otherwise he would have reacted speedily and harshly for booking of 111 Posters on FB.
Or he has developed cold feet because of Congress Sarkar in Kerela ??
Someone brought up Ram Guha's surprisingly low IQ recent post on Modi.
This is a response - http://www.sandeepweb.com/2013/02/09/guha-gargles-goo-again/
As for the great Justice Katju, someone else brought up his quotable quotes.
He says a lot of shockingly daft things doesn't he?
The immigrant to India remark, kareena kapoor in TV, strange parallel universe construction wrt the KPs and their genocide are a few examples.
Anyway, these are a couple of responses to JK -
"I certainly do not buy the story that Congress had no hand in 26/11 and the recent Hyderabad blasts. Afterall, Congress had been in power both in these states and at the centre.Can it be believed that Congress had no hand in these events? At least I find it impossible to believe it...... I appeal to Indian people to consider all this if they are really concerned about the nation’s future"
I sent the above to The Hindu, but it was not published.
>>I believe he gave the factual information and tried to reveal it to people under illusion.
If his madness NaMo were to declare that the earth is flat, you would be sure to see a news analysis under the headline
”Shape of the Planet: Both Sides Have a Point.”
After all, the earth isn’t perfectly spherical.
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