Nissim Mannathukkaren is with Dalhousie University, Canada and the author of The Rupture with Memory: Derrida and the Specters that Haunt Marxism, Navayana
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.
Look at the long list of secular warriors:
gujrat model of development as implemented in punjab overseen by jetlee, badal father son duo has crossed all limits of corruption, why is jetlee and bjp is silent in this crime?
See and learn still not too late!
Congress candidate Capt Amarinder Singh today demanded the imposition of financial emergency in Punjab saying the Reserve Bank of India had refused further overdraft to the state.
He said, the situation was going to deteriorate further as the state would not have the money even to meet day to day expenses.
Addressing a public meeting at the Vashowa village in Ajnala assembly segment here, he held Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal responsible for the current "sorry" state of affairs.
"The state government had not been able to pay even the salaries of its employees for the last three months. The state coffers are literally empty," he said.
The former Punjab chief minister said, while the Badals were "shameless" as they were busy amassing personal wealth, every Punjabi was ashamed of this situation.
"It is unbelievable that a prosperous and progressive state like Punjab, which was at one point of time the top most state in the country in terms of economic and financial growth is now at the threshold of financial emergency," he said, adding the Badals have made this unbelievable thing possible.
Compared to the "financial bankruptcy" in the state, Capt Amarinder said, the Badals had grown richer and richer.
"How come the state was getting bankrupt and the Badals were getting richer having two hotels worth Rs 1,000 crore each while two more were under construction, private jets, thousands of acres of land spread all over the country and huge property abroad?" he said, and asked people to think about it before casting their vote.
He also accused the Badals of robbing state resources.
"They have grabbed the sand and gravel, liquor trade, transport business, cable distribution and lot more where they thought they could earn money," he said, wondering what the Badals would be doing with all this money.
[[Chiefly by the enemies of secularism!]]
No bigger enemies of secularism than sickulars!
The secularists have buried secularism in India.
>> You are well known on this site as a spokesman for CAIR.
Spokesman? I send them my annual dues, but I am a spokesman for myself only.
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