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On socio-economic indicators, Muslim youth fare worse than SCs and OBCs

Context

Muslims have been losing out to Dalits and Hindu OBCs since the Sachar committee submitted its report in 2005.

Socio-economic status of muslims

Based on the NSSO report (PLFS-2018) and the NSS-EUS (2011-12) the proportion of the youth who have completed graduation among Muslims in 2017-18 is 14% as against 18% among the Dalits, 25% among the Hindu OBCs, and 37% among the Hindu upper castes.

Breach in education

  • The gap between the SCs and Muslims is 4% in 2017-18. Six years earlier (2011-12), the SC youth were just 1% above Muslims in educational attainment.
  • The gap between the Muslims and Hindu OBCs was 7% in 2011-12 and has gone up to 11% now.
  • The gap between all Hindus and Muslims widened from 9% in 2011-12 to 11% in 2017-18.
  • Muslim youth in the Hindi heartland fare the worst. Their educational attainment is the lowest in Haryana, 3% in 2017-18; in Rajasthan, this figure is 7%; it is 11% in Uttar Pradesh.
  • In all these states, except MP, SCs fare better than Muslims.
  • The educational attainment figures for Muslims are better compared to 2011-12 in western India. In Gujarat, the gap in educational attainment between the Muslims and SCs is14%. In Maharashtra, the Muslims were 2% better off than SCs in 2011-12, they have now not only lost to SCs but the latter has now overtaken them by 8%.
  • In south, 36% of graduate Muslim youth, Tamil Nadu tops the educational attainment parameter. In Kerala, this figure is 28%, in Andhra Pradesh, it is 21% and in Karnataka, 18% of the Muslim youth are graduates. While the community is giving a close competition to SCs in Tamil Nadu and AP, it is losing out in Kerala.

Reasons for better outcomes in South - The developments in South India have more to do with the relatively faster mobility of SCs than the marginalisation of Muslims. Muslims enjoy positive discrimination in these states – Dalit and OBC Muslims are given reservations under the OBC quota.

Way forward- The marginalisation of Muslims began several years ago, the phenomenon seems to have gathered pace in recent years. The Muslims are being left out from educational mobility in India while the SCs are getting integrated into it.More studies are needed to link this marginalisation of muslims so that better results can be ascertained which in turn led to holistic development of muslims.

Source- Indian Express


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