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Tolerance and Prejudice Co-exist in Hindus Self-Reported Attitudes towards Muslims

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This article studies the self-reported attitudes of tolerance and prejudice among Hindus towards Muslims. We characterize and quantify the range of prejudices and discrimination that Muslims face using population-representative mobile survey data from Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra.

Our findings indicate that while there may be more everyday tolerance and acceptance between Hindus and Muslims than media reports suggest, there also exists a widespread prejudice and discrimination. We discuss the consequences of such social attitudes and make a case for addressing prejudicial attitudes towards Muslims.

We hope that other researchers will use the low-cost phone survey methods that we describe to examine these and related questions on how discrimination affects marginalization and how it varies across different states based on political and socio-economic factors.

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