Krish is a techie, blogger, Madras liker and crow lover
Almost all the targets of Krish Ashok’s vents (One Word for a Year-II) seem a counter to some stand taken by someone, and the associated good buzz. It is akin to the advantage enjoyed by the debater whose turn is last. “The world is doing laudatory Chennai 375 montage videos, heck, let me do something different....” This unconvincingly contrarian piece is just that.
Santosh Kumar T.K., Hyderabad
Krish be damned, Chennaiites are the most simple living and the most knowledgeable creatures in the world.
V.N.K. Murti, Pattambi
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.
Negatives of Chennai
Cultural sophistication, bad weather, kanjeepuram siks,
generation gap, cultural policing, All know attitude,
Too much democracy, unimagination, copy cats,
applauding the winning visiting pak team.......
So goes the peeves of Krish.
But acknoledge chennaites are most simple living knowledgebale
creatures in the world.
My guess - but strong nevertheless - is that this outpour is not an outcome of a long yearning for a change in the city culturescape. Almost all of his so called "creations" come as a counter to some stance taken by someone, and the associated praise or the good buzz that comes with it. It is akin to the advantage that is enjoyed by the participant in a debate competition whose turn it is the last.
"The world is doing laudatory Chennai 375 montage videos, heck let me do something different..." I admit it is actually quite a disadvantage to be aware of the writer's resumé. It takes away all the objectivity that one needs to appreciate a single piece of work with.
There are several online exhibits including nauseating attempts at pseudo TEDx talks to prove KrishAshok's irritating attempts at being unconvincingly contrarian. "The world likes Nokia 3310/1100, let me do a piece on iPhone 5S"
"The world disses photoshopping and looks down upon vocal processing in singing, let's do a there's-no-modern-work without-any-of-these"
"The world likes old world charm, heck let's do a there's-nothing-wrong-with-modern"
"It's fashionable all over to hate Justin Bieber, but Bieber is actually very talented"
"It's easy to hate pink pants, orange vests heck let's do a there's-nothing-sad-about-pink pants"
"The world laughs at T Rajendar, let's make a cool popcultural rockstar out of him"
"The world likes charming, salubrious Bangalore climate heck let's do a can-it-hold-a-candle-to-Madras" ... well until now
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