B. Raman is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate, Chennai Centre For China Studies.
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.
People can be responsible for how they interact with those whom they are in contact with. The question is not how a small part of the people behave, but how they interact with those who see these people. It appears, that interaction seems unpleasant, but the large number see the interaction which is unpleasant, as perhaps good, and the small number might have this perception which might be a false perception. It seems, these people who see the unpleasantness as being a burden put on them, then grow in number, and then they find reason to bear arms. This could be the cause of armed conflict, in any number in society.
>>>> Only very strong military action can deal with extremist savages such as the LeJ, LeT and the Taliban. If Pakistani leaders do not have the guts to take them on, their impending dystopia is just too painful to imagine.
>> You are prescribing strong anaesthetic injection to cure the pain of a cancer patient but that will never help.
Armies do not use anaesthesia. They shoot bullets. Why do you write such senseless posts?
Anwaar >> Only very strong military action can deal with extremist savages such as the LeJ, LeT and the Taliban. If Pakistani leaders do not have the guts to take them on, their impending dystopia is just too painful to imagine.
You are prescribing strong anaesthetic injection to cure the pain of a cancer patient but that will never help. What needs is "Strong Chemotherapy". The Theocracy of Pakistan must be dismantled, LOCK, STOCK and BARREL and replaced with a strong, Secular state along lines of Kemal Attaturk's Turkey. Only that can restore peace in this state. And the secularisation of Pakistan will also need the blood of a few thousand talibanites to be shed. But that is in larger interest of a peaceful future in secular pakistan.
Only very strong military action can deal with extremist savages such as the LeJ, LeT and the Taliban. If Pakistani leaders do not have the guts to take them on, their impending dystopia is just too painful to imagine.
This is just an observation about Muslim society. It is apparent, that Muslims in Kashmir, are Shia, and Sunni, and then there are non Kashmiri Muslims, and also Muslims in Ladakh. The U. P. Muslim is also Shia and Sunni, and there are many Muslims in India, not ethnically Indian. The Muslim is supposed to be a religious society, of equal consideration, of being Muslim. It seems, that the idea of unity is a high ideal, because the Muslim is living in a supposed global village.
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