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….hurt my feelings May 3, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in image, india, statistics.

This is mapping religious groups in the United States. ( click on individual links) This is notable – correlations with education and wealth is hard to miss.

True also of this map – lighter the regions, lesser is religious adherence – so CA, Washington region – lots of agnostic/atheists – also pockets in Maine, Ohio. Everything thats red and light red is what gets the votes for Bush !

Now imagine some map of this kind generated for India. Firstly, I am not sure we have the data to do this. Actually, let me take that back – we most likely do. But such a map can only come at the cost of human lives !! Yes, without a few Muslims-Hindus riots, its unlikely it may happen. And the riots will ensure something like this will not ever be available. BJP will accuse the congress of minority appeasement and Congress will hurl counter-accusations of majoritarianism. Religion is such a sensitive issue in India and its easily going to be politicised.

But what if using the census data ( assuming available to the general public via RTI bill ), a private non-profit organisation decides to come up with this. The house of the head of the organisation will be razed, he will receive death threats and the government will step in to withdraw the study.

Okay, I give up. I would instead like to see a map that shows something totally non-controversial – hmm…something like the size of people’s shoes maybe ! Who has the longest feet – that sure should not generate any controversy.

Or something like – sense of humor ( however you measure it ). Who are the funniest people around in India – ofcourse, that would mean who also appreciate jokes on themselves without starting a riot (no pun here). Aah…this is getting controversial.

There is only so much you can do in India without hurting someone’s feelings, inviting a ban or facing the wrath of the mighty state. I give up.

(Maps were linked to from here )



1. Deepak Krishnan - May 10, 2006

surprising that Hindus don’t figure in the mapping at all…

2. My Kids View - August 16, 2007

This is very nice and informative post. I have bookmarked your site in order to find out your post in the future.

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