(The author is an economist and ex-chairman, J&K Bank.)
I read Haseeb A. Drabu’s opinion on Article 370 with interest (The ‘Appendix’ 370, Jun 9). He has equated Article 370 to the human appendix, and has hence advised it to be left alone. However, this very analogy supports the case for proactive action on Article 370. If the Article serves no purpose like the human appendix, the standard medical practice is to remove it whenever the abdomen is opened, even if it’s not infected. Shouldn’t we then remove this ‘appendix’ before it turns poisonous?
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.
"There is no need to abrogate as there is nothing left to abrogate!"
Then why do keep whining that Jitendra has opened a Pandora's box when the box is empty?
'Leave 370 alone' sleight of hand drivel from Haseeb A. Drabu, the husband of Barkha Dutt. It has to be abrogated, all states must be equal. Appeasement and special privileges are not acceptable and must go into the dustbin of history.
Reinstallment of 250000 of Kashmir-i pundits familites (total : 1000000) into valley and resetting the demographic ratio of the state to 30% hindu at least should be included into article 370. It is the only state in India where ethnic cleansing happened yet the criminals were never punished. The abolition of the article is bound to happen -- it is just the matter of time. Territorrial devision must not be done on the basis population percentage. It is quiet often the fact that a large territory are occupied by few people (because of its less financial a oppotunities) however the economy of the area is entrely sustained concerntrated poplation in more developed area. That was the biggest mistake happened during the partition of India. The entire J&K were sutained by Jammu and Kashmir valley where Hindus wrere dominated but larger part of the coutry has been occupied by muslim tribes whose sole purpose were to increase population. For example Maharaja Hari Singh and Asaf Jah VII -- the last Nizam were contemporary yet the former had only one Son and the later had 20 legitimate along with innumerable illegitimate offsprings. So it was unfair to take people's vote to decide which part of the union the territory had to be added. It should not have been done by numbers but through the contribution to the sustainment of the area. Had the hindus known this policy they would have easily multiply in the remote districts for 25 years to outnumber the muslims in 90% of the districts which went to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Hindus had to pay the price for adopting education, higher peaceful cultural life style, population control, paying porper tax and do business.
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