Basic Amenities, 1994
63.6% of Muslims live in kutcha houses
55.2% of Hindus live in kutcha houses
30% of Muslims have access to electricity
43.2% of Hindus have access to electricity
19.4% of Muslims have access to piped water
25.3% of Hindus have access to piped water
Do Muslims have the equal access to basic amenities?
Literacy Rate by Religion, 2001
Which religious group has the lowest literacy rate?
Public Employment of Muslims (percentages)
Central Public Sector Unit (PSU)
Banks & RBI
What do these figures convey?
Read the data related to schooling provided by the Sachar Committee Report:
• 25 per cent of Muslim children in the 6-14 year age group have either never been enrolled in school or have dropped out. This percentage is much higher than that of any other socio-religious community (page 58).
Do you think special measures are required to address this situation?
I live in a Muslim-dominated area. Some days back during Ramzan there was some disturbance that started taking a communal outlook. My brother and I had gone for an Iftar party in the neighbourhood and were dressed in traditional clothes, that is sherwani and salwar kameez respectively. On returning home, my brother and I were asked to change our clothes to jeans and T-shirt. Now when everything is fine I wonder what was the reason that we were asked to change our clothes and why I didn’t find it odd. Were our clothes giving away our identity and is that identity linked to all kinds of fears and discrimination?
The above essay has been written by a child around your age. What do you think she is trying to convey?