Why did most of India's Muslims not emigrate following Partition?

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Futurist

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Why did most of India's Muslims not emigrate following Partition like the Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan (and later Bangladesh) did?

Also, as a side question, why did the more educated Indian Muslims tend to be more likely to emigrate following Partition?
 

Devdas

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Why did most of India's Muslims not emigrate following Partition like the Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan (and later Bangladesh) did?

Also, as a side question, why did the more educated Indian Muslims tend to be more likely to emigrate following Partition?
The main reason is the economic cost.

Some like Deobandi school of Sunni Islam was against partition and asked their followers not to immigrate while followers of Barelvi school of Sunni Islam supported partition. Also, the violence in Punjab was intense so there it took most of the partition related migration.
 

rvsakhadeo

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Hindus and Sikhs had their roots in India- religious, cultural and ethnic. And these roots were about 5000 years old in case of the Hindus. Sikhs were Hindus converted to Sikhism. Muslims prided themselves on account of their alleged Arabic or Moghul or Turkic roots, although most of them were converted Hindus.
 
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Muslim attitude towards an independent nation based on Muslim religion was not entirely in favour of such an idea. The uneducated, poor or even middle class Muslims in pre-independent India were apolitical having to struggle for a decent livelihood. And they had no animosity or complaints about the Hindus since they realised in their hearts that they were converted Hindus. The only set of Muslims in favour of an independent Muslim nation was the Muslim landed gentry and rich merchants and the set dominated by graduates from upper class Muslim universities like the Aligarh Muslim University. The support base gained ground after the Muslim leaders like Jinnah and Suhrawardy stoked the fires of Communalism.
 
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Muslim attitude towards an independent nation based on Muslim religion was not entirely in favour of such an idea. The uneducated, poor or even middle class Muslims in pre-independent India were apolitical having to struggle for a decent livelihood. And they had no animosity or complaints about the Hindus since they realised in their hearts that they were converted Hindus. The only set of Muslims in favour of an independent Muslim nation was the Muslim landed gentry and rich merchants and the set dominated by graduates from upper class Muslim universities like the Aligarh Muslim University. The support base gained ground after the Muslim leaders like Jinnah and Suhrawardy stoked the fires of Communalism.
Ia very paternal Attitude, saying others realizse in their hearts stuff, what qualifies you to speak for them and what actual evidence that this feeling is widely felt by the uneducated, poor, middle class Muslims..
 
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Ia very paternal Attitude, saying others realizse in their hearts stuff, what qualifies you to speak for them and what actual evidence that this feeling is widely felt by the uneducated, poor, middle class Muslims..
It's true though. Most of lower-middle class muslims were culturally Hindus. Their clerics were moderate. Many Hindu kids used to get their primary education in Madarsas. Maulavis did not try to proselytize/influence those kids. Only rich and powerful muslims who considered themselves belonging to Persian or Turks aristocracy were inmical towards natives.
Arabaisation of India is fairly new phenomenon. In my town a few Muslims still pay respect to local deities while we have lost many to Wahabism.
 

Devdas

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It's true though. Most of lower-middle class muslims were culturally Hindus. Their clerics were moderate. Many Hindu kids used to get their primary education in Madarsas. Maulavis did not try to proselytize/influence those kids. Only rich and powerful muslims who considered themselves belonging to Persian or Turks aristocracy were inmical towards natives.
Arabaisation of India is fairly new phenomenon. In my town a few Muslims still pay respect to local deities while we have lost many to Wahabism.
I have seen some Pakistani Urdu movies from 1950-60s in youtube. Except for Muslims names, cultural differences with Hindus seems quite negligible. Same with Punjabi movies, except for Muslim names it hardly seems different Hindu-Sikh Punjabi culture. I think it was Ziaul Haq, who tried to Arabize Pakistani culture.
 
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I have seen some Pakistani Urdu movies from 1950-60s in youtube. Except for Muslims names, cultural differences with Hindus seems quite negligible. Same with Punjabi movies, except for Muslim names it hardly seems different Hindu-Sikh Punjabi culture. I think it was Ziaul Haq, who tried to Arabize Pakistani culture.
The Wahabbism started taking hold of Pakistan since Zia-ul-Haque's reign.
 
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