In the history of earth which is close to five billion years, in which the lineage of humans spans just five million years, what you claim as your history basically begins with the history of caste and the history of inequality in this part of the world, and this is but a few thousand years, in effect a speck in the gyre of time, and your version of the history of this speck is just one speck among many billion such, a speck that will be blown away by a change in the direction of the breeze, a speck that is not even aware of the gyre it is part of, the gyre that has no beginning nor end, a gyre that knows that all its futures are but a repetition of all its pasts, a repetition of tragedies and farces, and you are a sad speck that does not know any of this, a speck unaware of its own inconsequentiality, a speck that thinks it is the world, a speck that thinks the world of itself, a speck that has no sense of the larger universe it is part of, for your history begins with the idea of a temple for a fabled god at a certain place, a god who waged wars on the autochthonous people of this land, helped deface a woman, beheaded a man who sought knowledge, a god who defeated a valiant king by hiding behind a tree, who scorched his beloved born of the earth in the fire of doubt,
Copyright: Manabu Ikeda | History's Rise and Fall, 2006, pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board 200×200cm
They say you won a majority with a huge number of votes, they use words like magic with a total lack of imagination that might well make you believe you can write poetry, but let me tell you this to your face, you do not have the vote of any of the rivers that you may well interlink, not even the Narmada and the Ganga, you do not have the vote of the forests, the oaks, deodhars and pines of Kumaon, you do not have the vote of the kurinji flowers that once every twelve summers, for millions of years, have turned a section of the Western Ghats gregariously blue, giving the Nilgiri
Copyright: Manabu Ikeda. Buddha, 2000, pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board 130.3×162.1cm
So please run your minority government for five years, show us your baddest face, and time which will outlive all time will say it has seen worse; launch a pincer attack, sink one set of claws into Kashmir and wage a low-intensity war with the Pakis for four years, and at the same time, sink another set of claws into Dandakaranya and flush out the Adivasis like rats, the corporates who sponsored you will fund these wars, create crisis after crisis for the Muslims, Dalits, the poor, the Adivasis, criminalise all love, fight internal and external enemies, and in the fifth year launch a few full-scale wars, take us to the edge of a nuclear disaster and starvation, watch the southern tip of the subcontinent melt as a tsunami or a quake does to Koodankulam what it did to Fukushima, then ride back to power sheerly on the strength of the number of people you have caused to disappear, and stretch yourself for another three years, then maybe press the emergency button, by when, like any speck of dirt you will be sucked into the widening gyre that keeps turning and turning.
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.
How long did you spend to create this piece of verbal diarrhea, Anand?
I read 'savitribais' as 'savita bhabhi' and found out the error only when I read it again. But, still the mind did not miss. The world according to Anand can create nothing more than Savita Bhabhis. Perhaps a world that Anand would like to inhabit, not us.
So, are we going to see more of this crap for the next five years, outlook? We are ready to put up with Anand's stinkers for next fifty years!
What hatred? What Vitriol? An outpouring of agony? An outpouring of sheer angst? So, Mr.Anand, you are calling the people of India, fools? Are you? Go and peddle your bullshit elsewhere. If you are so full of hatred, you dont deserve a TINY OR THE TINIEST MICRODOT of the history and the never stopping machine called Time.
Why Outlook? Why this Kolaveri? Inviting such absolute trash from nonsensical writers.
Anand should go back to writing bad poetry and soft porn like he used to do in Nizam College, Hyderabad, all those years ago.
in which language this is written? do anyone you know?
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