This was first published in the Economic Times
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 Root Cause of the HISTORIC DEFEAT OF CON Party in 2014 elections is the word called "SONIANOMICS"..
The people of this country want real development, real growth and real investment and real jobs.. not doles and unrealizable rights and meaningless laws like RTE, MNREGA and FSB..
Thus, India - 80% of Indians have roundly rejected SONIANOMICS..
The message for CONgress is - try to invent a new economic theory -which can be left of center, anti BJP/Anti Modinomics but at same time does not follow the failed SONIANOMICs path..
Can they? Will they? I doubt.. even the most ardent supporters of CON party - over here, over the leftist media (guhas and tehelkas and Hindu's N Ram) have failed to daigonoze the disease and understand that 2014 is about the rejection of hare brained laws and concepts like MNREGA, RTE etc..
There are many among the young who think Gandhi arrived on the scene rather too early even before India as a unified nation was mature. To say objectively, Gandhi helped the Gandhi -Nehru family more than the nation. No wonder His grandson was rejected in the elections. It is the 2nd rung politicians under congress brand who destroyed all values in politics.
One simple fact not considered seriously by Congressmen is that the "Gandhi" surname has NO meaning now to most voters in India. To an embarrassinlgly large number, and this incudes most of the 'young', the surname is just another herald of a welcome holiday on the 2nd October every year. A few VVIPs in Delhi troop with long and serious faces to Raj Ghat to lay flowers and that is it. They, as well as the rest of the country, hardly need to remember the Mahatma for the rest of the year. As for the present dynasty with the same surname, though it belongs to an entirely different lineage not even remotely connected to the Mahatma, all the mystique, charisma and fondness for the 'Gandhis' stopped gradually after Indira and abruptly after Rajiv. A white streak in the hair or an attempt to look like one's grandfather or grandmother cannot and will not catapult one into the hallowed strata in which the earlier generations of the 'dynasty' were held by the people. The poor crowds, even after assiduous marshalling by Congress workers and aspiring candidates that turned up at Rahul and Sonia's campaign meetins are alone testimony to the faded charisma of the famous surname. Commanding by a mere lifting of the little finger, a la Marie Antoinette, is a thing of the past. The men and women fighting elections on a Congress ticket now know that they can no longer expect the dynasty to pull in votes. Else, the likes of Chidambaram and many others like him would not have shied away from contesting. In the event, they were proved spot on as Sonia's and Rahul's sole appearances in Tamil Nadu poll meetings in Kanyakumari and Ramanathpuram for Congress candidates did not result in wins, the latter even losing his deposit. Congress may still need the "Gandhis" but they cannot expect them to revive the party's fortunes. They may be shocked to learn that they have to do it themselves, with the 'dynasty' as a prop and a 'glue' to keep factions from totally ruining the party.
This is a general remark. Qualitative analysis is INFERIOR to quantitative analysis in economics and leads people astray. This includes the present article. It missed the most important point, the economic balance of a fiat economy ( being different from what is commonly assumed) is what led to economic failure.
About the fallen mango analogy, I have to say this. Algebra trumps ideology. You can't beat algebra, the TRUTH. Unless Modi's team learns fast, failure is certain.
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