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.
It is a shame that the President of the country is hostage to the anti-male media and spouts gender-casteism, using the rape-politics with the hyper reported assault on a woman.
But of course, he is understandbly under pressure both from the feminists from within his own party and the rage nurtured by the anti-male media.
This is even more sad, considering that genuinely bad administration issues are being covered up through this emotive issue.
I concur with our President of the Republic, as if there is no difference. I watched a program where a gentleman called Rahul Pandita, spoke about the conflict in Kashmir. It could be evident, that the modern political situation in the globe, is the reality in the politics of India. I mean, people start finding reasons why they should be politically enfranchised, to everyone's, including their own interest. Religion is a strong motivation to such an end. India and Pakistan were formed, and are separate democracies, because we needed to forge our own destiny, and also because perhaps democracy is formed from not situations inimicable, to anyone. I mean, the Pakistani thought, that electoral politics is supposed to represent different interests at different times, according to the voter, and he might be on the winning or loosing electoral side, when he doesn't know. If democracy is supposed to function, perhaps we cannot have any winning or loosing side.
You are right Mr. President, the recent brutality against women has crossed any complacency limits we can take. The people of India are equally responsible with the political parties. Now the people were on the streets agitating for a rivision in our Legal systems, think about the next step the people taking law in their hands, which I see very soon because the politicians and law makers are busy protecting each others criminal deeds. Even yourself are part of that and can not escape the sword. Corruption and looting the public funds are still going on un interrupted. If you are sincere in your words do something to change the system, as a common man we have great hope from you, because now you are having the power and authority to do that. The first step should be to change this slavery attitude in the party you represent, then the people will change.
As a former Congress minister, our President may not agree bit is it not true that all the existing political parties have disappointed all those citizens who were borne in independent India? Even after 65 years of independence, some thirty per cent of our population is known to be surviving with very low income. Every one knows that poverty, low rates of literacy, lack of proper healthcare facilities for poor and caste-based politics are some of the issues which need urgent attention but they have been conveniently ignored by all political parties. Therefore a new party with a clear vision of the new India and with leaders who are willing to work hard is really a need of the day. This party may have to wait till the people vote it to power but it must pursue politics based on principled approach to all our economics and social problems. We the citizens would welcome such a party. The hope is that such a party can bring about, desirable changes suggested by our President. For this to happen educated citizens must create pressure groups to demand electoral law, judicial, administrative and police reforms so that there is far more transparency in the way government departments function and thereby scope for corruption is reduced.
His exhaulted excellency!! Do you not express an apology to the worker of your party,when you kicked him in calcutta when you were a minister.You would rise inesteem if you did so!. Mr president.!
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