B. Raman is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai.
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.
Seems IM Chief has been finallyliquidated by Chota Rajan per TV and News.
"Riaz Bhattkal was wanted in a spate of bomb blasts which rocked India in the past couple of years. He was co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen and had masterminded the deadly blasts at Jaipur, Bengaluru , Ahmedabad and Delhi .
Soon after these blasts he fled to Pakistan, which was confirmed by the IB last year. The confirmation came after the IB tracked the call records of some of his associates and when the voice samples were matched they were sure that it was Bhatkal on the other side. The calls were also traced to Karachi where Bhatkal was residing.
His capabilities to arrange for men and provide accurate logistics made him an instant favourite with Pakistan spy agency Inter Services Intelligence and he was handed over the charge of setting up of the Indian Mujahideen. Pakistan-based Amir Reza helped Bhatkal in this venture."
Good Riddance .
I knew it, someone was going to come up with the explanation for terrorism- Babri Masjid and Gujarat. How long are people going to use this excuse for terror, another 50 years?
The BJP has a lot to answer for this Muslim terrorism, as without this temple agitation, especially the demolition of the Masjid, it would not have happened. Just as the
Congress was responsible for the Sikh militancy, so is the BJP responsible for forcing Indian Muslims towards seeking recourse to miltancy outside the Kashmir area. Narendra Modi's name in this email and in Kasab's statements bear testimony to this man's role degrading India's internal security to quite a few significant notches. This man has indeed created 'certain major issues for the nation', aside from his much touted development work of Gujarat.
The judicial mechanism should inspire confidence for redressal, in all sections of society and if this wavers then Maoist, Naxalite and Muslim militancy are going to fill the void. With India's neighbours looking for opportunities to create mischief, this recourse should not be an option at all.
>> these uneducated muslim youth who dont mince a thought to attack their own motherland under the name of IM are in thousands.
We don't even know who they are, but you have already counted them!
These demons from IM - who is their IDOL? Ghori, Gazni all marauders who just tore India apart again and again. If we are still there, it is thanks the undying spirit of our forefathers who graced this land and I am sure we shall prevail not withstanding the dilusioned minds created by the propaganda of uneducated mullahs across seminaries in India
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