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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Islam Fastest Growing Religion in India

Hindu population in decline; Christianity growing slowly
As per the religious census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General and
Census Commissioner on Tuesday, the total population in the country
in 2011 was 1.21 billion.
Gulf News

New Delhi: The Muslim community has registered a moderate 0.8 per cent growth (as a percentage of the entire population) to touch 172.2 million in the 10 year period between 2001 and 2011, up from 138 million, while Hindus population showed a decline by 0.7 per cent at 966.3 million during the period, according to the latest census data on religion.

While the census figure on religion was released on Tuesday, more than four years after compilation of the data, the caste data is yet to be made public.

It's unfortunate that India is still collecting caste data; it ought to be abolished.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal (United)(JD(U)), Samajwadi Party (SP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and some other parties have been asking the government to release the caste census figure. The data on socio economic status of the population was released on July 3.

As per the religious census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner on Tuesday, the total population in the country in 2011 was 1.21 billion.

Christianity is the third most popular religion in India making up only 2.3% of the population as a whole.

Hindu population is 966.3 million (79.8 per cent); Muslim 172.2 million (14.2 per cent); Christian 27.8 million (2.3 per cent); Sikh 20.8 million (1.7 per cent); Buddhist 8.4 million (0.7 per cent); Jain 4.5 million (0.4 per cent), Other religions and persuasions (ORP) 7.9 million (0.7 per cent) and religion not stated 2.9 million (0.2 per cent).

The proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 percentage point (PP) in 2011, the census data said.

The proportion of Hindu population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 PP; the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011.

There has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains.

Jainism is one of the oldest Indian religions. It teaches non-violence to all living things and asceticism. It has similarities to Buddhism.

As per 2001 census, India’s total population was 1.02 billion of which Hindu population comprised of 827.5 million (80.45 per cent) and Muslims were 138 million (13.4 per cent).

The growth rate of population in the decade 2001-2011 was 17.7 per cent. The growth rate of population of the different religious communities in the same period was as Hindus: 16.8 per cent; Muslim: 24.6 per cent; Christian: 15.5 per cent; Sikh: 8.4 per cent; Buddhist: 6.1 per cent and Jain: 5.4 per cent.

The distribution is total population by six major religious communities namely, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain besides ‘Other Religions and Persuasions’ and ‘Religion not stated’.

Obviously, Islam is doing a better job of evangelizing India than Christianity. We Christians ought to take note and pray about how we can reverse this trend.