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Submitted by S A Kapadia (India), Dec 26, 2006 at 08:18

In India, where I live, Muslim issues are always politicised. To our politicians muslims are nothing but a vote-bank. Muslims are behind Hindus, Christians, Zorastrians in all indices of progress. But should someone not ask how much they have themselves contributed to this state of affairs?

They discourage family planning.
(Large families among muslims are the norm).
Their daughters get married at a very early age which, in turn, adds to the population.
They do not realise the power of education.
They do not encourage their children in common schools and prefer madrasas instead.
Many of them are artisans and are self-employed which does not show up in employment statistics.
Instead of saving for a better life, they give a lot of their earnings to muslim religion charities.

Who is responsible for this state of affairs?
For how long will they keep shouting 'Muslims are discriminated against'?
When will they take responsibility for their own status?

My parents were both born in extremely poor households.
Both studied to post graduate levels, both worked hard, saved, had only 2 children and are today, quite well-off.
It was their own hard work and small family credo which led to their economic health.

I wish the Muslims too would take responsibility for their own status.

People of all other religions are thriving in India. The muslims too should think and make some lifestyle changes to move forward with the others.

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