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An important distinction

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in response to reader comment: Muslim from India and Pakistan do not have the same culture as those of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains!!

Submitted by Julius O'Malley (Australia), Aug 26, 2014 at 09:06

Jaladhi's distinction is a highly important one. The cultural differences between Indians who are Hindu, Sikh and Jain on one hand and Muslim on the other cannot be overstated. This directly translates into their willingness and capacity to assimilate into Westen societies. In Australia for example, I have never seen a news report concerning a criminal with a Sikh surname. The Jain religion is so intrinsically peaceful any violence is seemingly an anathema to them. In one extraordinary revealing study in the UK the criminality of Britons descended from the above four Indian groups, but of comparable socio-economic origins, taken over a period of decades, revealed that criminal convictions in the Sikh and Jain communities was in the very low single digits, with Hindus it was less than 4%, with Muslims it was from memory around the 30% mark.

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