ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Is Relative Size of Minority Population Linked to Underdevelopment?

West Bengal provides a good context to examine whether the relative size of a minority population is linked to underdevelopment. The association between the size of the Muslim population and deficiency in social and physical infrastructure remains consistent at all levels in the state. No matter what the scale or context, the relative size of the Muslim population is inversely associated with the availability of amenities, a pattern that defies theoretical expectations and calls for further investigation.

Muslims far more than Muslims living elsewhere in the country. Six decades ago, Muslims were the majority community in the province of Bengal. But the partition of the country not only reduced the community to a minority but also took away its psychological advantage and capacity for leadership. Third, West Bengal has had Left Front (LF) governments for more than

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