The BBC’s Tamil service will broadcast a nine-part series on Tamil Nadu’s Muslim community beginning Sunday, August 5.

It will be available on radio and online.

Thirumalai Manivannan, BBC’s Tamil Editor, said the series was “an attempt at investigating how Muslims in Tamil Nadu have fared in socio-economic spheres in the context of the Sachar Committee Report on Muslims in India”.

“It also looks at how the community, which has been relatively free from radical religious influences, has responded to the changing political situation in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition and the 9/11 attacks,” he said.

T.N. Gopalan, producer and presenter of the series, said it was an attempt to understand “the complex dynamics of the factors that are at play in shaping up the Tamil Nadu Muslim society and politics’’.

“While almost everyone I spoke to readily acknowledged that they lived very amicably with the majority Hindus, they also complained that they are being treated as second-class citizens by the official machinery at all levels,” he said.