as the entire wealth of the state is in the hands of the christists and mohammedans.
the only thing in which hindus lead: suicides. 92% of the suicides are hindus, although hindus are less than 50% of the population. a hindu is 12 times more likely to commit suicide than a semite in kerala.
In Kerala, Hindus need help
[ 16 Dec, 2006 2320hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
NEW DELHI: As the committee under retired judge Rajender Sachchar was busy
culling out figures of Muslim deprivation, a more generic exercise was being
carried out in Kerala by an influential socio-scientific organisation - and
with dramatically different results.
Results of the survey titled 'Kerala: How It Lives, How It Thinks' are
enough to shatter traditional postulations and shows that it isn't minority
Muslims or Christians, but Hindus comprising 54.47% of the state's estimated
3.2 crore population who are at the economic downside.
But hold on. The study is not the handiwork of any radical right wing group,
but the Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad whose Marxist antecedents are well
Hindus, according to numbers compiled by it, constitute the major chunk of
the state's poor with an astounding 39.3 lakh living below the poverty line.
Muslims follow with 24.7 lakh and Christians, 8.2 lakh. Though Muslims lead
the poverty index on a religion-wise breakup, the difference with Hindus is
a marginal 5.9%.
The majority community also trails in land holdings. While a privileged
Hindu family owns only an average of 0.69 acres, a Muslim family owns 0.77
acre and a Christian family, 1.264 acre.
The report published in September this year says only 80.1% of Hindu houses
are in a livable condition, less than that of Muslims ( 89.7%) and Christians
Also only 90.4% Hindu homes have a toilet as against 93.8% Muslim and 94%
Christian homes. In 18.75% Hindu dwellings, the water is not safe compared
to only 11.55% Muslim homes and 15% Christian.
The minority communities are also ahead in electrification of houses and
access to pipe water. Also, 14.5% Hindu houses are in danger of water
log-ging suggesting they are not located uptown. Corresponding figures for
Muslims and Christians are 12.8% and 10.9% respectively.
One reason for the better showing by Muslims could be the large Gulf
remittance, says Parishad vice president K P Aravindan, who edited the
As the results show, 34.5% Muslim families have Gulf income against 11.61%
Christian and 10.4% Hindu. The Christian community, however, leaves others
far behind on most economic indicators.
Even in matter of dowry, Christians lead the tally with 80% families
following it. Muslims tag along at 76%. Though less, Hindus too are yet to
rid themselves of the social evil with 52% still under its grip.
Christians also top the per capita income chart at Rs 21,897 followed by
Hindus Rs 17,762 and Muslims Rs 17,538. Statistics on unemployment also
throw up some interesting combinations.
The rate is highest among Muslims at 17% followed by Christians at 14.6% and
Hindus at 14.3% . But on a caste wise break-up, it is more rampant among the
forwards (14.8%) compared to SCs (13.1%) and STs (14.6%).
Reached for comments, Kerala social welfare minister P K Sreemati Teacher
told TOI that she was yet to see the report.
But BJP reacted predictably with the party's state vice president V
Muraleedharan demanding setting up of a committee to study the condition of
Hindus in the state.