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A Faustian bargain

Under the much-vaunted new secularism, Muslims were treated as second-class citizens at best - and were often the victims of mass pogroms

1 April 2023

9:00 AM

1 April 2023

9:00 AM

Another India: The Making of the World’s Largest Muslim Minority, 1947-77 Pratinav Anil

Hurst, pp.432, 25

It’s a little-remembered fact that the Indian subcontinent once had the world’s largest Muslim population. Numbering 95 million, they were almost a quarter of India’s total population. Partition in 1947 still left them as the world’s largest Muslim minority, at 15 per cent of Hindu-majority India. More than 70 years later, no single study has successfully explained the consequences of that transition.

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