Telugu Desam president Chandrababu Naidu's son Lokesh tweeted his support to Owaisi's move saying, "Agree with Asad on one fact. Congress govt has failed Muslims. Could not ensure peace, YSR could not get reservation passed!"
A Life Steeped in Fear...
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who did not respond immediately to Owaisi's remarks, chose the platform of a Children's Day meeting at Ravindra Bharati to voice his feelings. In the garb of doling out advice to students, the CM said, "A life steeped in fear is not worth living at all," he said with unusual aggression. He told the children to work hard towards their goals instead of being discouraged by failure. Upon hearing this so-called reaction to Owaisi's charges, dissident Congress leaders are smirking. "He does not have the guts to show his courage to adults, so he does it front of children," they snigger.
The Telugu Desam on the other hand wants to know who it is that has instilled fear in Kiran Kumar Reddy. "What is this fear that you are talking about? Who is it that has scared you so much? Please enlighten us," said TD leader Muddu Krishnama Naidu. The Opposition leader derided Kiran Kumar's remarks saying they did not befit the post of a Chief Minister.
The Kakatiya festival has turned into another bone of contention between Telangana and Andhra leaders. Recently appointed union minister of tourism and culture K. Chiranjeevi announced funds of Rs 50 lakh for the festival which was supposed to start on November 26. The festival has been postponed owing to protests by some sections. TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao termed this "a pittance" stating that while the government went out of its way to make cultural festivals in Andhra a success, it was tight-fisted when it came to Telangana. "Why is it that when it comes to Telangana culture and its festivals, the state government projects a step-motherly attitude," he asked. Chiranjeevi, meanwhile, claims that he granted the Rs 50 lakh out of his own interest in the festival and that he meant well.
Suu Kyi Visits
Myanmar Opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting three villages in Madakasira assembly constituency in Anantapur district on November 17. Suu Kyi will be studying the impact of government-welfare programmes in the drought-affected district. Revenue minister N Raghuveera Reddy who represents the constituency will be playing host and brief her on the role of Self-Help Groups, rural job guarantee scheme and co-operative dairies in the development of socio-economic conditions of the rural poor. Raghuveera is said to be ecstatic about the visit because he is a great admirer of Suu Kyi's. Kiran Kumar Reddy will also be attending the programme.
Stars & Style
Badminton doubles player Jwala Gutta who livens up the P3 scene in Hyderabad quite often has been telling anyone who’s willing to lend her an ear that she is open to film offers. She says reality TV is not her thing because her fans would not like her in a Big Boss-like scenario. Unfortunately, so far Telugu film producers have not paid heed to her not-so subtle signals. Maybe, somebody in Bollywood is listening?
Speaking of the city’s glam scene, Farhan Akhtar’s wife Adhuna has set up her hair styling salon in the city. And as they always do when a new place opens up, Hyderabadis are swarming the swank salon. Actor Nagarjuna was the chief guest at the opening. Nag might be 53 years old but he can still give actors half his age a run for their money. The secret behind his youthfulness, says the star, is quite ordinary. Take life as it comes, exercise and make sure that you get enough sleep.
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.
Where is Bjp?? Are they watching these developments? If they are smart enough, they will realise that time is ripe of BJP to take charge of the situation in Hyderabad and lead the offensive against the islamist MIM. Majority voters are surely disappointed by vote bank appeasing Congress, one agenda Party TRS, evangelical Christian YSR congress and clueless TDP.
Kashmir to Kanyakumari Hindus are getting finished,by the combined onslaught of Muslim and Christian forces with the police being instructed to go slow on rioting mobs by the Sonia,Rahul,Ahmed Patel controlled party.
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