Hectic activity, both on the cricket and the film front. What a thrashing for the Indian team in England. I wish we had not instituted the Pataudi trophy. These blokes are scared of fast bowling and cannot even catch a cold in the slips. ‘Tiger’ could blast fast bowlers with just one eye. The super-rich Dhoni and his gang, well protected in knight-like armour, can only poke and prod outside their off stumps and get out. Batting and slip fielding was a tragi-comedy.
Some lessons for the BCCI. Alastair Cook thanked his wife in public for standing by him, urging him not to quit and fight back. That was real courage. Where was Sakshi? In the malls buying up everything while MSD was dropping catches and propping up idiots like that Jadeja guy who only deserved the ‘Mooch-Twirler Award’! I am told Anushka was making Virat run around the trees trying to catch her in the English gardens till he had no stamina left. ‘Tiger’ would not have tolerated such nonsense. And what is that Ravi Shastri going to do with the fancy title of ‘Director’ besides being in every single BCCI pie? He is more adept in coloured clothing and at ‘night games’. Once he asked me to get him a role in Hindi films, he would play only the hero and fire tracer bullets. I agree he would have made a nice pillar in a Roman amphitheatre movie set. This was not the cricket Tiger played
Cricket shock and then the Rakesh Kumar shock. I had warned Leela Samson about this appointment. A bureaucrat with the railways heading the CBFC and okaying the release of films! Come on, yaar, at an earlier meeting he came with a whistle and two flags, one green and other red. Those Railway habits die hard. He loved being called ‘Chook Chook Kumar’. Today, his home and bank lockers are found loaded with money and Kumar was heard telling his wife he had only copied scenes from Hindi films. What cheek! He says he was actually encouraging the industry to make more money; Kumar was all for equitable distribution of wealth. If the Khans, Devgan and Kapoor raised their rates and made crores, why can’t the Censor Board CEO share the loot? Cricket and the film industry have so many things in common. Both are dealing in billions. My sources in the BCCI tell me that Srini and the other office-bearers are quite impressed with Kumar and once he comes out on bail they might offer him a fabulous salary and perks to make him the BCCI finance director.
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.
Well said. A nacked reality. Truth is bitter and saying it to one who relates ,annoys and makes his mood just spoiled. But it`s a Gangadhar style that it just not opens eyes of concerned but it makes Outlook readers burst into great laugh.
Nicely poined out.
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