Indian Muslims grapple with political marginalisation

An Indian Muslim and his daughter at New Delhi's Jama Masjid mosque during Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday. Official data shows that India's Muslims fare worse than other religious communities in the country, and their continued marginalisation threatens to
An Indian Muslim and his daughter at New Delhi's Jama Masjid mosque during Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday. Official data shows that India's Muslims fare worse than other religious communities in the country, and their continued marginalisation threatens to deepen India's structural inequalities.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

They make up more than 14 per cent of the country's population, but less than 5 per cent of Parliament's newly constituted Lower House.

This is the contradiction with which India's sizeable Muslim minority of around 200 million is grappling after the election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2019, with the headline 'Indian Muslims grapple with political marginalisation'. Print Edition | Subscribe