Ajai Sahni is Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP. S. Binodkumar Singh is Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management. Courtesy: the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal
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.
Sonia seems to have an understandably deep hate towards the LTTE and tamils of SL following the assasination of her late husband. The decimation of the LTTE has always been one of her topmost and yet 'secret', 'aims' ( alongwith anti-male governance and laws ), unlike her allies who just want to loot.
That explains why Delhi is hesitant to take a strong view on civilian casualities. That most of the civilians killed were male, goes with her anti-male philosophy too.
Congress's main worry is the survival of its Govt in Delhi . It is hardly worried about the discrimination being shown to Sri Lanka by the HR Groups .Today it is SL tomorrow it will be India for J&K is of no consequence but need of the moment is numbers for the survival of MMS .
Not Long Term Security of the Nation but momentary survival of the UPA Govt is the present Policy .
I am no expert on this but I do believe you have seen the channel 4 documentary and other reports that have listed the crimes comitted during the final stages of the war. You cannot discredit something just because you do not want to believe in it. This is precisely what we, as a country, have been doing so far. We pretend that nothing wrong has happened because we do not want to get our hands dirty. It's easy to suggest on taking a neutral position when you are unable to empathise with those who have suffered so badly. Having said that, whatever be India's position in this we do not have any influence on Sri Lanka that we would like to believe we have. I think passing the resolution is just a start. If you want to believe in Mr Rajapaksa whose government impeached the Chief Justice in such a way more than the other neutral commentators then I have to question your ability to comment fairly on this subject.
The term, 'deceit', is unfortunate for every Indian. After independence, the terms, traitor, foreign lackey, etc., should be circumspect in the mind. The fact is, the Indian P. M., is an Indian citizen, and the most humble among many of us. The cruel fact is, the army is completely neutral, and if the P. M., is supposed to be 'corrupt', it is because we got the idea, that his cabinet ministers 'might', be. If the P. M. cannot be anti-Indian, being the most vulnerable Indian, then no Indian is a traitor. Every state is sovereign, and if the state is truly what it signifies, then no person is any traitor. I can understand that Mr. Ravi Shankaran was a great decorated deep sea diver, perhaps a marine commando, but no man is so indespensible, that he might be a traitor, to his nation. The nation must take what happened, and we as a people must not make a conjecture on the reasons of why, because the why is not relevant to the what. Anna Hazare, and party members of political parties, have been called some unfortunate terminology some time or another. Perhaps our best admiral, Vishnu Bhagwat was supposed to be unhappy with circumstances. It is not in my interest, and not in anyone's interest, whether the admiral was unhappy, because he was. But, men like him should not be unhappy, when there is no war.
To be unbiased and present the objective picture on behalf of the affected, we need to reflect the ground realities in the North and East of Srilanka. There is no LTTE or any armed resistance against the state in any sight. But news from the area conveys that there is a very strong prfesence of troops who control every aspect of the civilian life. The state's forces are not vacating the occupied land, rendering all the claims of normalcy very hollow.
There is still fear to publish and speak up. Even yesterday the military undercover has attacked office of a Tamil Newspaper Uthayan. There are still reports of extra-judiciary arrests and disapperances.
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