Is the Muslim community in India proud of the country? Here’s what the Pew survey says

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  • Muslims are proud to be Indians.
  • Pew Research Center sharing survey information.
  • Approximately 30,000 people participated in the survey.

New Delhi: About 95 percent of the country’s Muslims pride themselves on being Indian citizens, according to the Pew Research Center. The report comes amid an ongoing controversy over issues including the Citizenship Law.

Eighty-five percent of those surveyed said that Indian culture comes first. According to a survey conducted by the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center, not all Indians are perfect and the culture of the country is above all else. At the same time, the survey revealed that 21% of Hindus and 24% of Muslims face various forms of discrimination in a study based on local data.

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Approximately 40 percent of people in North India have faced religious discrimination in the last year. In northeastern states, where the citizenship law remains controversial, the figure is 36 percent. The figures are lowest in southern India and central India. In South India, 19% suffer discrimination on the grounds of religion and in central India, 18%.

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The survey, conducted from late 2019 to early 2020, surveyed 30,000 people. The critical study was conducted in 17 languages ​​covering nearly every state and territory in the Union. According to a Pew Research Center survey, conversion is extremely low in India. According to the report, the lower castes of Hinduism in several states are converting to other religions, of which the Christian community leads.

Eight out of every thousand people left Hinduism, while seven new ones came out. But 0.4 percent of those surveyed said they were Hindu in the past and are now Christian. But only a quarter left Christianity. 0.3 percent said they were new to the Muslim community. Many people left Islam and joined other religions. The situation is similar for Sikhism and Buddhism. At the same time, Jainism has suffered a slight loss.

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