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

Devdas

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Apr 2015
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#12
While in India, Hindus won't mind migration of Hindus an dSikhs from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Pakistanis on the other hand won't like Indian Muslims migrating to Pakistan, if I am not wrong it was permanently stopped in 1955 by Pakistan. Most of the Pakistanis see North Indian origin Muslims as foreigners and culturally and racially a different people.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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#13
While in India, Hindus won't mind migration of Hindus an dSikhs from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Pakistanis on the other hand won't like Indian Muslims migrating to Pakistan, if I am not wrong it was permanently stopped in 1955 by Pakistan. Most of the Pakistanis see North Indian origin Muslims as foreigners and culturally and racially a different people.
So much for the two-nation theory!
 
Jan 2019
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Valencia
#15
Muslims were marginalized to the extent that majority of them lived off working the land. They would have starved had they emigrated.
Ummm, the Muslim population of India has historically been more urban than the Hindu population. Cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad etc were all historically Muslim dominated cities. Even today, Muslims disproportionately represented in cities like Mumbai. None of them would have been "working off the land".
 
Jan 2019
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Valencia
#16
So much for the two-nation theory!
The best demonstration of this is how the Pakistanis treated their own Bengali Muslim brothers. They considered them to be "racially inferior" due to their perceived short stature" and "dark skin".

I'm sure the Rohingyas were they to move to Pakistan as refugees would receive similar treatment. Such racial prejudices would likely increase due to the recent formation of a "Pan-Indus identity" which emphasises being a son of the soil.
 
Jul 2012
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Dhaka
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Ummm, the Muslim population of India has historically been more urban than the Hindu population. Cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad etc were all historically Muslim dominated cities. Even today, Muslims disproportionately represented in cities like Mumbai. None of them would have been "working off the land".
And none of above cities are dominated by Muslims anymore. Why? Because they emigrated.

Most Muslims in west Bengal (and elsewhere, e.g. Bihar) were/are working off the land, and they stayed put.
 
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pugsville

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Oct 2010
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#18
I know any number of such Muslims.
But you do not know all of them. You only know a small minority of Muslims in India. And they are felt compelled to confess "that they realised in their hearts that they were converted Hindus"? Really how many actually said these words to you. One? Two? On what basis are you empowered to speak for the Hearts of all indidan Muslims about theoir deep seated religious convictions.
 
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Mar 2019
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KL
#19
Pakistan couldnt afford to keep all those muslims, they would have converted pakistanis into minorities, as someone already stated, they stayed back because they were poor and couldn't afford to migrate, they would have starved, same goes to biharis in bangladesh, who were too poor to migrate to pakistan after dhaka fall.

some also didn't migrate because of choice, hakeem said migrated, his brother, didn't and both ran hamdard foundation in their respective countries.

regards
 

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