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India is a secular country where educated Muslims have always prospered

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2018, 3:37pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2018, 3:37pm

I refer to the letter from M. A. Hossain (“Muslims no longer matter in Indian  politics”, April 6)

Mr Hossain of Dhaka laments that Muslims face “extreme suffering” in India, but then is also angry about suggestions that they be sent to Bangladesh. 

He claims that Muslims in India live in poverty, but India is a vast country that cannot be justifiably categorised with just a few examples. Yes, in northern and eastern India, Muslims are economically weak – because they pay no attention to education.

Their level of literacy, especially among women, is appalling. Most study in Islamic madrassas, which fully equip them with religion, but largely ignore subjects like mathematics, science and economics.

However, in states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Muslims are among the most prosperous. 

It is not difficult to see why: they are well-educated, man or woman. Naturally, the opportunities available to other educated people are also open to them.

Mr Hossain should worry about the plight of tribals, Hindus, Christians, and rationalists or atheists in Bangladesh, where they are persecuted and brutalised. 

India is a secular country. Muslims have been presidents and vice-presidents of India, are among its prominent businessmen, doctors and scientists, and dominate Bollywood.

I suggest that Mr Hossain open his eyes to reality, rather than believe motivated periodicals.

Gordhan Gurnani, Lam Tin