Masood: Anecdotes don't add up to real statistics
Submitted by Plato (India), Jan 1, 2009 at 23:20
Your post is very typical. Give some anecdotes which are especially horrendous to Muslims. You have quoted many incidents where Hindus attacked and killed innocent Muslims in India during the partition riots and later communal conflagrations. I have no reason to doubt that all those anecdotes are true and verifiable.
Now let me show you some statistics which while not revealing the atrocities committed by either community tells a telling story which should give you food for thought.
The population of Hindus in West Pakistan in 1947 was about 20%. Today it has dwindled to less than 2%: In August 1947, at the end of British Raj, the population percentage of Hindus in what is today in Pakistan was perhaps as high as 15-20%, but would drop to its current total of less than 2% in the years since independence. According to the 1998 Pakistan Census, caste Hindus constitute about 1.6 percent of the total population of Pakistan and about 6.6% in province of Sindh. The Pakistan Census separates Schedule Castes from the main body of Hindus who make up a further 0.25% of national population
The population of Muslims in India in the same year was about 10%. Today it has increased to around 15% of the population.
Ask yourself a simple question, if the Muslims were subject to such atrocities as you describe in India why would the number of Muslims increase, outpacing the growth of Hindus? Why if a Muslim country like Pakistan was hospitable to Hindus did their numbers go down so drastically?
Ponder this statistic carefully to come to grips with reality.
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