The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India

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HarperCollins, Feb 15, 2021 - Social Science - 256 pages

The Population Myth reveals how the right-wing spin to population data has given rise to myths about the 'Muslim rate of growth', often used to stoke majoritarian fears of a demographic skew. The author, S.Y. Quraishi, uses facts to demolish these, and demonstrates how a planned population is in the interest of all communities.

The book delves into the Quran and the Hadith to show how Islam might have been one of the first religions in the world to actually advocate smaller families, which is why several Islamic nations today have population policies in place. This busts the other myth - that Muslims shun family planning on religious grounds.

Based on impeccable research, this is an important book from a credible voice about the politicization of demographics in India today.



Tables and Figures
Indias Family Planning Story
Who Chooses Family Planning and
Family Planning among Indias Muslims
Tenets of Islam and Family Planning
Population Policies in Islamic Nations
Attitude towards Family Planning among the Major Religions
The Politics of Population
The Way Ahead
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About the author (2021)

S.Y. Quraishi joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1971 and rose to become the seventeenth chief election commissioner of India. He introduced a number of electoral reforms, such as the creation of a voter education division, expenditure monitoring division, the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, and launched the National Voters Day. In October 2017, he was appointed ambassador of democracy by International IDEA (Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Stockholm, of which he is a board member. He is the author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election (2014), The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India (2021), and has edited The Great March of Democracy: Seven Decades of India's Elections (2019).

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