Showing posts from March, 2014

When uttering the truth can be a sin!

Last Saturday (March 29, 2014) Republican hopefuls for the 2016 presidential election - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Ohio Governor John Kasich were in Las Vegas, courting donors . They were invited at the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) 2014 Spring Leadership Meeting. They all spoke, addressing topics ranging from fiscal responsibility to foreign policy, offering, of course, a strong defense of Israel . Walker vowed that the GOP's next presidential nominee must be someone "from outside Washington," touting his success at the state level in cutting spending. He also chimed in on Obamacare, prodding the party to move forward on a new idea. He said that the party "can't go back in time," and need to replace Obamacare with something "patient-centered." Christie, on his part, recalled the 2012 trip he and his family took to Israel. He said, “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied t

The Question of Minorities – part 4

In 1909, a Hindu communalist by the name of Colonel U.N. Mukherji wrote a pamphlet Hindus: A Dying Race . His projections, based on the study of census data between 1881 and 1901, suggested that Hindu demographic share was declining with every passing decade. Col. Mukherji met Swami Shraddhanand of Arya Samaj at Calcutta in 1911. His novice study prompted Swami Shraddhanand to formulate Shuddhi and Sangathan. It was a project to bring back converted Hindus into their native Hindu fold. The rest is history! In recent years, in analyzing India's religious demography, the authors [ all non-demographers] of the book - “ Religious Demography of India” , Joshi et al., have explicitly stated that there is much Indian Religionists – a term used as an euphemism for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains - need to fear. They claimed, " The proportion of Indian Religionists in the population of India has declined by 11 percentage points during the period of 110 years ... Indian Religio