Muslims fare better than Hindus
Muslims fare better than a majority Hindus in eight states though the overall literacy rate among Muslims is lowest in the country, reports Chetan Chauhan.india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 22:29 IST
Former JNU professor Mahendra K Premi said, "It seems that the level of economic and social development of the state is not the only important factor in Muslim literacy rates but it is the tradition of sending children to school or not."
Literacy among Muslims is not as bas as portrayed by Sachar Panel.
Muslims fare better than a majority Hindus in eight states though the overall literacy rate among Muslims is lowest in the country as compared to other communities.
It is above 80 per cent in Kerala, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat. In Chattisgarh the Muslim literacy rate was 90.5 per cent as compared to 76.8 per cent for Hindus. In Gujarat Muslim men fared better than Hindus with 82.9 per cent literacy as compared to 79.1 per cent for the majority community.
For Muslim women, the high literacy rate of about 70 per cent was recorded in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh.
However, Sachar Panel had said such figures can be deceptive and can hide the low levels of attainment among specific groups. "Important dimension of human development (like literacy) should not be analysed only at the state level," the report said.
It is, therefore, necessary to undertake disaggregated analysis at appropriate levels.
The overall literacy rate of the country as per the 2001 Census is about 65 per cent.
At the national level, both Muslim men and women have the poorest literacy rates of 67.6 per cent and 50.1 per cent respectively.
Though in the overall literacy picture, Muslims are better than SC/STs but the reserved categories are doing better than them in the 6-15 age group.