With a population of 138 crores at last count, India has had a numbers debate for a long time now. Layered under that debate though has been the propagation of a narrative – that this is a problem caused by one particular religion. Muslims produce too many children, this is a conspiracy to overtake the majority Hindu population and that Islam forbids family planning. Mitali Mukherjee spoke with Dr SY Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India .In his book ‘The Population Myth’, he takes on many of these demographic fears and points to what the data actually suggests.
The Population Myth: Are Muslims Growing Faster than Hindus? Dr SY Quraishi Debunks the Falsehood