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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.
Our home minister Mr PC says it is wrong for the Muslims protest because they are time again framed,killed or sent to gallows.He would not say that his caste Chettiars are targetted!
Who is going to compensate the 16 years of ignominy and torture.Police simply frames at the behest of RSS and this cruel charade goes unabated and unchecked by all Govts including the biggest charlatan Congress.
In this scheme of things two things happen.One- the real culprit(most of the cases RSS and its affiliates) escapes and the Muslims get bad name further polorizing the people that would yield rich dividents for BJP the political arm of RSS.
Well Mr Raman knows all this and this article is antipodal to his purpose and that is intrguing.
Mr Raman knows well that he and his cohorts did the same police is bent upon doing with absolute impunity.Any Muslim is game for them.IB is after innocent or unconnected Muslims to frame on terror charges.Sometime in CBI too.Samjuta Express is one good example.After Aseemanand confession they had been released.There are several cases in which Muslims have been wrongly convicted to be released by higher courts.In many other cases they ahve been sent to gallows.Who does this framing in the intelligence and police?There must be a motive and what is that?This is simple over zealousness.There is an elborate planning that goes on in the selection of target before framing.
In all crimes motive need to be established.The only beneficiary is RSS and its affiliates.if they are brought in to surveillence most of these crimes will not happen as they are the ones who commit and the plan to frame Muslims gets underway by their people in the administration.
In Malegaon two bajrang Dal activists were killed while making bombs.But there is no arrest of any Bajarangis to this day.Had it been any Muslim organization they would have been banned and tortured in police custody.
Mr Raman as a former intelligence official knows all these and it is surprising that he is changing tack.Perhaps his guilt conscience is getting the better of him.
> "innocent Muslims have often been the victims of mala fide investigation. Instead of controlling terrorism, it aggravates it by adding to the anger in the Muslim community against the police and other investigating agencies...."
As can be expected, this topic dominates Muslim blogs and other news Muslim outlets.
>> In a judgement delivered on November 22, 2012, it has acquitted two Kashmiri Muslim convicts who had been awarded death penalty by the trial court in a case relating to an explosion in the Lajpat Nagar Market of New Delhi in 1996 in which 13 persons were killed. Another convict’s sentence was reduced to life term.
Unfortunately we hear these kinds of stories just too often.
"Even Kasab MAY have escaped if he were Indian."
Kasab WOULD CERTAINLY have escaped if he were female.
There should be no surprise or shock over how this case unfolded over the years. In name of secularism and propriety, even Kasab may have escaped if he were an Indian.
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