Ask any Indian publisher. Only fiction sells in India, authored by even those who cannot write or think. Once again my publisher came to my aid and my monumental book was sold as ‘New Fiction’ in Delhi’s Khan Market. The Times of India editorial page team must have swallowed this for they wrote a highly flattering editorial on it, headlined ‘Damning Indictment’. These blokes know their journalism though the edit writer admitted the contents of my book were an open secret in Delhi. He missed out on the key phrase ‘corridors of power’, which would have added a literary punch to the review/edit.
Once the Times pronounced judgement, both in the main paper and the ‘Mumbai-Delhi’ Times, well, the book was a hit. I am told that movie rights have been acquired by Karan Johar who is busy finalising the cast with the Bachchan as the major character and the incomparable Meenakshi Lekhi playing Sonia Gandhi. If Chetan Bhagat’s penny dreadfuls can take Bollywood by storm, why not my bestseller? But that would generate more envy from fellow scribes who think only politicians indulge in backstabbing and not senior journalists pitchforked into high-level bureaucracy. Another reviewer, Harish Khare, was so stunned by my revelations that I and I alone was the PM’s first counsellor advising him on everything from cabinet reshuffles, finding out a suitable person as deputy chairman of the Planning Commission and carrying the burden of getting the Indo-US nuclear deal passed! And now on to the NaMo saga. I am ready with a quickie which will hit the stands when NaMo becomes PM. It will be nice to join him and indulge in some media-bashing. But only kind words for the ToI edit writer.
The Mumbai-based satirist is the creator of ‘Trishanku’; E-mail your secret diarist: vgangadhar70 [AT] gmail [DOT] com
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.
I do understand that this is a satire and we Indians lack a sense of humor to mock ourselves but on a serious note how much were you paid to be a stooge? How much to sell your soul out?
Are you saying Manmohan carried any political authority? If so are you privy to an anecdote? Would you care to highlight the same?
You are the satire in this piece!
Breaking News - Shri Gangadar is working on the "Secret Diary " Of Foul Mouth PigVijay Singh ....
inside job by the hatchet man.
this is a lesson for upa to root out all the rss moles, if it wants to make itself from the fifth column.
The incumbent prime minister and the claimant to the post display grammatically opposite traits. One has a perenially 'passive' voice, and the other a resounding 'active' one.
"Ganngadhar is Mumbai-based satirist ..."
Sounds more like person with a lot of heartburn not a satirist!
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