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93% Muslims view Hindus favourably, but only 65% Hindus view Muslims positively: Pew survey

The report, released by US think tank Pew Research Center, is based on a survey of 3,505 Indians that was conducted between September and October 2018.

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New Delhi: While 93 per cent Muslims viewed Hindus favourably, only 65 per cent Hindus viewed Muslims in a positive light, reveals a new study.

The report, released by US think tank Pew Research Center Tuesday, is based on a survey of 3,505 Indians that was conducted between September and October 2018.

The report also revealed that “people who are members of a particular religious, racial or ethnic group had significantly more favorable views of their own group than they did of groups to which they do not adhere or belong”.

For instance, 96 per cent Hindus and 98 per cent Muslims viewed their own communities positively.

The survey titled ‘Attitudes Toward Diversity in 11 Emerging Economies’ was conducted in Colombia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia, Venezuela, Vietnam, and India.

Due to the different cultural contexts of the 11 countries surveyed, the researchers focused on different sets of groups in each country.

The groups surveyed in India were Hindus and Muslims, Muslims and Christians were surveyed in the Philippines, while Blacks, Whites and Coloured people were surveyed in South Africa.

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56% Hindus interacted with Muslims in India

According to the survey 70 per cent of Muslims frequently or occasionally interact with Hindus in India, while only 56 per cent Hindus interact with their Muslims counterparts.

It also noted that people who “interact more with other religious groups also tend to have more favorable opinions of them”.

Of the Hindus who said they interacted with people outside their own faith — 71 per cent had a favourable view of Muslims.

As opposed to this, just 56 per cent of Hindus, who reported infrequent contact with people of other religions, said they viewed Muslims favourably, indicating a 15 per cent difference. 

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Survey was conducted prior to anti-CAA protests

The report revealed that 68 per cent of the Indians surveyed said the country is “bettered” with people from different backgrounds.

Only 16 per cent said the diversity made the country a “worse” place to live, while 10 per cent said it made “no difference”.

However, in a footnote, the think tank specified that the survey was conducted in late 2018 and preceded “the new citizenship law enacted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in early 2020, as well as the ensuing sectarian violence”.

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Act or the CAA was passed in December 2019, triggering a series of protests across India in December 2019 and early January. The law was seen as being discriminatory against Muslims in the country.

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  1. population could be a major factor in deciding this research.
    the difference between the ratio of population
    if you’re a religious minority in India, you can’t distance yourself from Hindus, but you can be a Hindu and never meet a Muslim person in your social circles your whole life.

  2. The issue that comes up time and time again is terrorism. I was astonished to see how deep this had gone in this country in an opinion poll recently. This said 51 percent of people questioned said when they heard the word “Muslim” the first thought that came into their mind was “terrorist”. These polls are never reliable but not completely wrong either. TARIQ ALI

  3. Muslims see Hindus positively only when they are in trouble, and they are in trouble since 2014 when Modi has made them obsolete in Indian elections. For Hindus, the figure sounds very high as the real figure should be much lower. In every western countries, Muslims are looked at trouble makers, terrorist , fanatic and opportunists.


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