How Muslim ghettos came about in Delhi | The Indian Express
From ‘Muslim Zones’ needing protection from violence in 1947 to ‘unhygienic pockets requiring beautification’ in 1970s to “terrorist hide-outs” post 2000s.
Partition and the resultant influx and efflux of communities caused a sea change in the demography and character of the Delhi city.
Before partition, the city was home to a big and prosperous Muslim community which comprised of about one-third of the city’s population. However, the emigration of Muslims – some out of choice, others due to compulsion of violence – reduced the Muslim population of Delhi drastically. It is estimated that around 3.3 lakh Muslim residents of Delhi left for Pakistan and around 5 lakh Hindu and Sikh refugees from riot-torn West Punjab came to Delhi.
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