New Delhi, December 16 (IANS): A majority of Indians believe that the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh and better prospects in India are the main reasons for the decline of the Hindu population in Bangladesh since its independence in 1971, according to an IANS-CVoter snap poll.
The national survey was conducted on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The sample size for the survey was 2,339.
The poll results showed that 29.2 percent of those polled cited the rise of Islamic fundamentalism as the main reason for the steadily declining Hindu population in Bangladesh, while 24.2 percent believed that better prospects in India leading to large scale migration of community from neighboring country is the main reason for the decline in population of the community.
Only 12.1 percent of those polled for the survey said the Hindu population in the neighboring country has declined due to persecution by the majority community.
As many as 34.5% of those surveyed said that all of the aforementioned factors have led to the steady decline in the share of the Hindu population since the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.
In the same survey, respondents also seemed divided in their opinion on the creation of Bangladesh and its impact on India.
While 29.5% of those who took part in the survey thought that the creation of Bangladesh had helped India a lot, 20.8% felt it helped a little.
Up to 23.7% of those polled felt that the birth of the new country made no difference to India’s interests, while 26% said Bangladesh’s independence actually hurt the interests of India. from India.
If we examine the political divide between respondents and their opinion on the issue, NDA and opposition voters responded on similar lines.