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Communal violence is an issue only for 34% Indians

Pew Research Center India Survey also found that communal relation has worsened in the past five years of Modi government

Tuesday March 26, 2019 12:37 PM, ummid.com News Network

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Mumbai: Communal violence may be a big issue for Muslims and other minority groups in India who are always at the receiving end. But overall, only 34% in the country consider it a problem, Pew Research Center said in its latest India survey released Monday.

"Incidents of communal violence are higher than they were in 2014, according to Indian Ministry of Home Affairs data, but only about a third of Indians (34%) see this as a very big problem facing the country", Washington based Pew Research Center said.

The Pew Research Center India Survey has also found that communal relation has worsened in the past five years of Modi government.

"More than 45% Indians said communal relation has worsened in the last five years and only 28% think it has gone better", the report released just days before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls said.

With more than 1.35 billion people, India is home to the world’s second-largest population and nearly a fifth of the total world populace.

The Pew Research Center is released less than a week after a Muslim family was attacked in Gurgaon near Delhi. The victims are so scared after the attack that they now want to shift to some other areas from their existing home of 15 years.

Kashmir Crisis

One source of historical tensions between India and Pakistan lies in Kashmir, a region in the Indian subcontinent whose possession has been disputed since the Partition of India.

"A majority of Indians (55%) see the situation in Kashmir as a very big problem. When asked how this issue has changed over the past five years, more than half (53%) say circumstances in Kashmir have gotten worse. Only 18% think things have gotten better, and just 6% believe conditions are the same", the survey report said.

When asked about the government’s strategy in dealing with the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, a majority believes the Indian government should use more military force than they are currently using.

"Equal, though small, shares think the military should use either less or about the same amount of force (both 7%)", the report said.

The Pew Research Center also spoke to the people about jobs and employment opportunities in India. The survey found an overwhelming number of people who are "extremely worried" over the lack of employment opportunities in the country.

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