This article was first published in The Express Tribune
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.
Suggestions are not practical. It should be live and let live and then we move from there.
Bajpai went to Lahore with his new Bus and journey ended in Kargil heights .
The we talked to Prevez in Agra and our Parliament was attacked with sole aim to destroy the Indian Political Leadership .
Then we talked and talked we were blessed with 26/11 to destroy the economy of the Country -hurt it did our economy very badly .
Now Manmohan has got the itch to talk again .
Khuda janey Anzam kya hoga !
But jo bhi hoga accha nahin hoga !
USA learnt the lesson when Osama was found in the lap of ISI and PAK Army .
The World can't trust the Pakis .
Good points. If they act like a normal neighbors, Kashmir problem might even go away by itself. Kashmir problem is mostly in the mind. If the two countries don't view each other as a threat, Kashmir will be half solved already.
The five points are sensible and doable. Leave the knotty ones on the back burner.
One of the most naive articles I have seen from Prof. Parvez Hoodbhoy. Pakistan as a country can't be trusted at all. For Pakistan to be trustful, Pakisstan has to be honest to itself, accept its South-Indian roots, the Indic past, be proud of its Islamic heritage, accept the basic fact that religion can't be a basis for a successful nation and then move on in the real world, control its military, let democracy succeed with participation of common people, the the masses be part of the national process (not just the bloody elites) and then it can emerge as a reasonable country. The more Pakistan hates India, believes that Islam and more fundamentalist Islam is the solution (to which Bhutto, Zia, nawaz Sharif all contributed) there is no hope in the hell for that country.
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