Majoritarianism is an ironic fallout of democracy in which the numerically dominant impose themselves on smaller groups, demanding a falling in line. A historical walkthrough of how it has made appearances in idea and practice....
Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica; Patterns of Democracy by Arend Lijphart; Trevor Pateman on Majoritarianism; and other readings.
How India Fares
Break-up of the population of India by religious communities
Two Contrasting Case Studies Sri Lanka And Belgium
Sri Lanka: This diverse country (74 per cent of the population is Sinhalese and 18 per cent are Tamil speakers) paid the price for majoritarianism. Measures taken by the Sinhala majority community—through a democratically elected government— after the country gained independence in 1948:
Belgium: This diverse and affluent country has lived with territorial strife throughout the 20th century. Typically, the Fleming region would be pitted against the Walloon region (with a small German region as a bystander). Violent protests were evident during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. But eventually, this petered out. How?
Ten Criteria To Define Majoritarian Regimes…
(...and ten contrasting characteristics of consensus democracies)
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 Belgian and Canadian examples, as also the Nehruvian example, are testimonies to the fact that the best way to prevent majoritarian dictatorship is the majority's sense of fairness as well as feelings of mutual respect together with an emphatically secular constitution and an independent judiciary.
How did the Nehruvian example work out in Kashmir?
The Belgian and Canadian examples, as also the Nehruvian example, are testimonies to the fact that the best way to prevent majoritarian dictatorship is the majority's sense of fairness as well as feelings of mutual respect together with an emphatically secular constitution and an independent judiciary.
A nation, to be a just, fair and equitable must privilege individual over a group. Anything else, we end up with verbal calisthenics to justify one's pet theory (usually these get self-identified as 'liberal' and so on). Btw, it is Flemish.
Perverted way of presenting population distribution.An honest way of presenting the Hindu population is to take the entire subcontinent as a whole and see the picture.Hindus are reduced to just 60%.India 120 crores,Pakistan 20 crores,Bangladesh 15 crores.Hindu population out of this toatal just 82 crores,making it 60% of the total.40 % have already gone and now Sonia's Christian groups are taking big bites in Andhra,Tamil Nadu etc.Simple suggestion,stop giving permission to start Christian educational institutions who produce anti-Hindu,Hindus like all these secular writers.
Yogi Adityanath effect - whole OLI community has gone berserk as they have no facts to contradict him
… <- from 9.55 mins we have @yogi_adityanath ji ripping apart cong n sickulars on communal violence
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