Muslims in India

Published: January 17, 2011

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.

Adeel Ahmed

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2011.

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  • RameshM
    Jan 18, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Forget about Indian Muslims. talk about Pakistani muslims who are bieing ignored and treated badly. Muhajirs against Pashtuns. Punjabis against others. At least India has a secular constituition with equal rights for all. Yes, there are oprejuduces but the majpority is being taught to treat all equally. .Recommend

  • John
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:08PM

    well.. we indians dont have blasphemy law to kill innocents like pakistani barbarians have..Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 7:58AM

    Given that the Hindu minority of pakistan – 20+ percent post-partiion, but only 3% now – has been decimated or converted, Pakistan does not have a minority problem any more.

    Or, even any talk of job opportunities for Hindus in Pakistan. Heck, dodging that next bullet is enough of a full-time job for Pakistani Hindus,

    Nice going Pakistan!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jan 20, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Mr. Author Your analysis is very simplistic. Out of 13.4%, how many are children or of unemployable age. Even by most conservative estimate we take 25%, it becomes 10.05%. Of these 10.05%, 70% are from rural India where parents tend to send them to madarassas than to formal schools. Even if 10% of these go to madarassas, you are left with 9.045%. Considering 50% of them to be females and many do not go for higher studies.due to parental pressure. Even if 20% (And I assume figures are much higher considering we are taking rural India into account) do not study further and are married off, one is left with figure of 7.23%. Now you compare the figures with respect to total population. Try same for Pakstan’s rural population. Now tell how are they lacking in employment. These can be worked out for other religions too and result will be remarkably similar as for as unemployment to total population ratio is concerned.Recommend

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