Indian Muslims have been voting in India’s general elections since 2013.
They say they are part of a growing middle-class Indian identity that they feel has been underrepresented.
But as their numbers have risen, many have found it increasingly difficult to vote in their own states, with only about 10 per cent of eligible voters casting ballots in the last elections.
In 2016, a Hindu group protested outside the Indian Parliament, calling for more Muslim representation in Parliament.
But the protests were met with little response.
“We were protesting against the government,” said Shabnam, a 20-year-old student at an English and Maths college in Mumbai.
“There was no response.
But when we came back, there were several Muslim students there.
It was the same situation.
We tried to make them understand that we are voting for India’s future.”
‘India is my country’ Muslims across the country, and particularly in Punjab province, have felt disenfranchised by the lack of representation from Hindu-majority areas.
“I feel I am India’s only minority,” said Mahamad, a 25-year old Muslim who asked that his surname not be used.
“India is our country.
Our land is our land.
We have our identity, our culture and our religion.
We are our country.”
The growing middle class of India is also one of the main reasons that the Muslim vote has increased.
In 2015, there was a 30-point gap between the number of Muslims and Hindus, according to the Pew Research Center.
This year, the gap is more than 30 points.
That is despite India’s economic growth, which has been the primary driver behind the increase in Muslims.
But there are some reasons that explain the rise of Muslims in India.
India’s Muslim population has grown faster than the Hindu population.
In 2020, India’s total population was about 10.8 million.
In 2021, that number had risen to nearly 12.5 million.
The Muslim population in India is growing at a faster rate than that of the Hindus.
Muslims are more educated, and therefore more likely to be involved in political activism.
But they also represent a greater minority.
In 2019, about 47 per cent were Hindus, compared with 35 per cent Muslims.
The share of Hindus in the population of India was around 50 per cent in 2019, but it was only 20 per cent today.
And this has been largely driven by the Hindu majority in the country.
According to the latest census, Hindu-Muslim marriages account for just 7 per cent, while Muslim-Muslim couples account for 11 per cent.
The growth of Muslim representation has also been driven by a rise in the proportion of people who identify as Hindu.
Hindu identity is the most common identity across the Indian subcontinent.
According a Pew Research Centre survey in 2017, Hindu identity was about half the number that was recorded in 2016.
The survey found that the share of Hindu- and Muslim-descended Indians had grown from 21 per cent to 27 per cent since 1990.
As a result, in 2021, the proportion that identified as Hindu rose from 26 per cent on average to 29 per cent — an increase of more than 40 per cent over the last 10 years.
“What is happening now is the first step towards a Hindu majority, the largest Hindu majority on the planet,” said Momin Khan, director of the Centre for Social and Economic Research at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
“And this will have a positive impact on Hindu society and our economy.”
Muslim-dominated India has also seen a surge in the number and share of Muslims who have become entrepreneurs.
The country has one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies and has seen a huge increase in the share, as well as the number, of Muslims.
As of 2021, more than 6.5 billion Muslims and 1.3 billion Hindus lived in India, according the Pew Centre.
A Muslim-majority country like India is a key factor in how the country views itself.
In India, people see themselves as Indian and as belonging to the Hindu nation.
India has been an important part of the world’s Muslim diaspora, with over a million Muslims in the world today, according a recent Pew Research study.
As Muslims make up a growing portion of India’s population, it has been a focus for political leaders in the past.
In the 1980s, Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who is also the country’s first prime minister, declared the Hindu state as the Hindu homeland.
He was met with support from a large section of the Muslim community, who saw him as a champion of the Indian diasporas.
But after the 2002 war in Kashmir, the Indian government withdrew support for the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was held by the separatist militant group, the Muslim Liberation Front.
The Hindu nationalist movement then re-emerged in India and is still active today.
As India’s largest Muslim