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TMMK demands sacking of Census Commissioner for giving misleading details about Muslim Population Growth


Chennai, 9 September, 2004: Press Statement of Prof. M.H. Jawahirullah, President TamilNadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam:

"TamilNadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam welcomes the release of information about census on the basis of religious communities. However it condemns the Registrar General and Census Commissioner for giving misleading information on the growth of Muslim Population. It also appeals to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to sack Mr. J.K. Banthia for giving misleading information and thereby attempting to create communal tensions.

By asserting that the Muslim Population showed an increase of 1.5 per cent during 1991-2001 in comparison to the previous decade the Registrar General and Census Commission has twisted the real facts. In 1981 the state of Assam was not enumerated for census due to internal disturbance in that state. Similarly in 1991 Jammu Kashmir was not enumerated for census. However in 2001 both Assam and Jammu Kashmir were enumerated for census. Statistics will be meaningful only if the comparative parameters are the same. This is a primary lesson which every statistician is well aware of. However the learned Registrar General and Census Commissioner has compared the population growth for 1981-1991 with 1991-2001 inspite of the fact that the figure for 1981 does not include Assam and 1991 does not include Jammu Kashmir. A wise Statistician would have for comparative purpose excluded the population figure for Assam in 1991 and Jammu Kashmir for 2001 to draw a comparison of the population growth. For reasons best know to him, Mr. J.K. Banthia has not attempted to do this vital corrective measure. Instead he has compared the census figures not having comparative parameters and has asserted that the Muslim population has shown an increase of 1.5 per in 1991-2001 in comparison to 1981-1991 and has created communal tension with his misleading comparison.

An ideal comparison would be possible only if the population figures for Assam and Jammu Kashmir is excluded respectively from the 1991 and 2001 census. When the population figures are compared after this exclusion, the Muslim population in 1991-2001 has declined by 3.5 percent while the Hindu population has declined by 2.9 percent which is lower than the Muslim decline rate. (After exclusion of Assam and Jammu Kashmir population figures from 1991 and 2001 respectively the growth rate of Muslim Population is 32.8 per cent in 1981-1991 and 29.3 percent for 1991-2001. The figures for Hindu population growth is 22.8 per cent in 1981-91 and 19.9 per cent in 1991-2001)

In this background when an English Daily (Times of India) pointed out to Mr. J.K. Banthia that his assertion that Muslim Population is showing higher rate of growth is wrong, he has accepted that the comparative figures he had given is misleading. 

TamilNadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam condemns the Sangh Parivar leaders who had gone hammer and tongs based on the misleading comparative figures of Muslim population growth. Even for argument shake it is accepted that Muslim population is growing by 1.5per cent, it would take thousands of years for the Muslim population to exceed the 80.5 crore Hindu population. Mr. Venkaiaha Naidu and his ilk’s are passing canards on the Muslim community with an ulterior motive of disturbing the communal harmony. 

The assertion of the Sangh Parivar leaders that the infiltration of Bangladesh nationals is a reason for increased growth of Muslim population is also ridiculous. The 2001 census informs us that the Jain community increased manifold (26%) in 1991-2001 in comparison to 4.6% during 1981-1991. We would like to ask Venkaiah Naidu and his colleague as to where from Jains infiltrated to show such a huge increase in their growth. 

The Census figures are highly complicated and even experts have a tough time in deciphering the details. When this is the reality, to politicize the census figure does not go well for the nation. The Census figures serve as an eye opener for the Government to take corrective measures. The 2001 census points out the social, educational and economical backwardness of the Muslim population. The figures point out that the Muslim community lack behind all other communities in various spheres. Therefore TamilNadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam appeals to the Government to initiate positive affirmative measures on a war footing to alleviate the sufferings of the largest minority of India." 

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