Rahul Gandhi Speech by OutlookMagazine
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.
CONVERSATION BTW MISTER RG and MISTER RR:
RG: Hello RRji, How are you? Did you read or hear my speech @ Jaipur Chintan Shivir? Does it rock ?
RR: Yeah , Great Going Sir !! I have deputed Ms Saba Naqvi to do the next edition on how you will lead India, straight into 22nd century !!
RG: All fine, but what is the view on the ground? You should know.. Ask your journos to find out and also spread good words on us.. We need to get decent score in 2014, else we are doomed..
RR: Hmm.. you are giving me more and more work.. We are doing the best Sir.. But wish you can also help us in the way..
RG: Hey, that is always there.. and that is why you are a billionaire right?
RR: That is all for past loyalty.. now we are in troubling times. We betted lot on the Aman - E- aasha project.. We planed to sell our batteries and tiles in Pakistan. But ur govt screwed up and now Ind-Pak relations are in cold. And we are fighting alone with nice editions on why peace should prevail..
RG: Hey, cool Maan.. Can understand. Now that I am the VP, i will set right. We will have more peace and only peace. Peace for Pennies is what we believe in...Trust me, we have 15 more months ..
RR: Good.. let me also get ready with the next week edition. We have special pages on your great qualities and divine vision..
RG: Thank you so much..
RR: With pleasure Sir
I think he is a politician. Because he is at present, and he is good. I did like his father a great deal, but if people like Mr. V. P. Singh, who was avowedly a Congressman, could get disillusioned, but could not leave politics, then one wonders, what politics is. I mean, people saw Rajiv Gandhi as a good, nice man, and if he could have misunderstandings with his cabinet, and not for being a good nice man, then, what is the unity of India about? Different ministers have different ideas. The unusual idea might be, all the policies have been carried forward by the proceeding Lok Sabha, and have been carried further.
I saw a part of his 'speech' on TV.
I can never quite control my laughter. What a Bimbo(Bimbo here, is gender-ambiguous like Mr.Nehru-Gandhi's voice ) !!
The reaction of the stooges in Congress and the agents in the media is reminiscent of the way they sucked up to Indira and Sanjay. Nothing has changed.
Who stopped him, his mother, his father, his grandmother, his great grandfather from acting on these revolutionary ideas for 65 years?
Does he think we are idiots and will just swallow this stupid trick?
He should just stick to what he knows - dance in a disco in Europe.
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