The Bangalore police is not as soft on the heirs of the rich and powerful as it has been with CM H.D. Kumaraswamy's son.
A month before the Adam incident, Rakesh Siddaramaiah, son of Gowda's bete noire and former deputy CM Siddaramaiah, was involved in a scuffle over a monetary issue. The police booked a criminal case and arrested him and his associates and later released them on bail. On January 21, N. Suryakanth, son of another of Gowda's former colleagues and ex-minister, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli opened fire in a city pub. The police again followed procedure and the case is before the high court. Former CM Devaraj Urs' daughter Bharati Urs is lodged at the Central Jail after she was charged with murdering her cousin in 2004. When such is the record of the law, the big question is why has no action been taken in the Nikhil case? The police, when asked, were tight-lipped. However, former city police commissioner P. Kodandaramaiah told Outlook: "I know that senior police officers are happy that the accused has not been named in the FIR. That saves them from trouble. But Nikhil was the first complainant; there is a clear admission of involvement. He has signed the FIR and his left thumb impression record is there in the Bowring Hospital where he was taken for treatment. The hotel guys came and lodged an FIR later. Any fool can say that the two cases are linked. Then why is Nikhil not being interrogated?" He also added that
IGP Sial and Commissioner Rao had "no business" in going to the press. "They were sending the right signals to junior officers to go slow in the case," he says.Recalling an incident when he was city police deputy commissioner, he said: "The then CM Kengal Hanumanthiah's grandson was involved in petrol pump robberies. The CM sent for me when we took him into custody. In the presence of former RS MP Satchidananda Swamy, he instructed me to treat his grandson like an ordinary criminal and take strict action. I see no such impartiality in Gowda and Kumaraswamy."Commenting on the issue for the first time, BJP leader and deputy CM B.S. Yediyurappa, who has an uneasy relationship with the CM, said: "The law should take its course. Any kind of discrimination in the investigation is deplorable." A veiled hint that some people should not be more equal before the law, but surely this comment is not bold enough to breach the coalition arrangement his party has with the JD(S).
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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