KARACHI: This is with reference to Khaled Ahmed’s article of January 16 titled “Muslim future in India”.
The literacy rate for Muslims in India is well below the national average and Muslim poverty rates are only slightly higher than those of low-caste Hindus, according to a 2006 report by the Indian government. Muslims make up 13.4 per cent of India’s population, yet hold fewer than five per cent of government posts and make up only four per cent of the undergraduate student body in India’s universities. The report also found that Muslims fall behind other groups in terms of access to credit, despite the fact that they are self-employed, at a rate that is far higher than groups of other faiths.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2011.