The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Thursday 27 February 2014



The data from the 2011 Census of India report on population of Muslims in India is not available. The reference point is still the 2001 Census report that says over 138 million Muslims (138,188,240 for the exact count) make for 13.4 per cent of the Indian population. 

And for Uttar Pradesh, the Census of India 2001 enlists the state among the ones having sizeable population of Muslims in the overall population profile of the state. 

According to the official government of India estimates, in 2001, at over 30.7 million, (30,740,158) Muslims were about 18.5 per cent of the overall population of Uttar Pradesh (166,197,921). Some other studies put it in the range of 20-21 per cent. 

One way to get an approximate headcount of the Muslim population in UP could be to extrapolate the decadal growth rate of 1991-2001 of the Muslim population in UP that was around 31 per cent. 

That roughly makes for about 40 million Muslims in the overall population of 199,581,477 of UP, almost 20 per cent. Going by the Census report 2001, this rough projection shows an increase. 

The real outcome may be below or above it but the trends of the decadal growth rate of the Muslim population in UP and in India have shown a consistent increase and till the Census of India 2011 report on religion-wise population data comes out, we can safely assume an increase in the Muslim population in UP since the Census 2001 (and thus, in India). 

Any electoral analysis has to factor that in, not just for UP, but for other states as well, and the Muslim voting trends of recent assembly elections and the last parliamentary polls can be compared to assess the projections in context of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls scheduled in April-May.  

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Data source: Election Commission of India, Census of India, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Planning Commission, EPW, Seminar, Reports of Credible Media Organisations