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Understanding Muslim Fertility
Since Independence India’s effort towards sustained fertility decline in all population groups is well documented. However, insufficiency of study on religious differentials of fertility due to political sensitivity proves to be barrier for enumerating programmes. The present essay, using National Family Health Survey II, 1998-99, data reveals that demand for children is higher among Muslims when compared to Hindus, and contraceptive use too is lower among Muslims groups. The widening gap between…