Census 2011: The Religious Imbalance Worsens

The long-awaited religion data for the Census of 2011 has not been published yet. But it seems that some journalists have been allowed to have a quick look at the figures. Consequently, many stories have appeared in the press; already several articles have been written to reassure the Hindus that the share of Muslims in the population of India has not really changed by too much and there is no serious demographic imbalance developing between different communities in India. But the reported figures seem anything but reassuring.

Muslims grow by 24.4 per cent against national average of 17.7 per cent

According to the reports, the Muslim population has grown by 24.4 per cent between 2001 and 2011. Average growth of the total population during the decade has been only 17.7 per cent; the growth of Hindus is much lower at only 14.5 per cent. The reports and various articles try to convey that the Muslim growth may be higher compared to the average, yet their rate of growth has declined substantially in comparison to the previous decade, when the Muslim population had grown by 29.50 per cent. But what is critical in maintaining the demographic balance between different communities is not the absolute rate of growth but the gap between their respective growth rates. The Muslim rate of growth in 2011 is nearly 38 per cent above the national average; in 2001, the gap between the growth of Muslims and the national average was somewhat lower at 36.8 per cent. The rate of growth of Hindus, on the other hand, has declined about 20 per cent below the national average. This is a matter of great concern. We shall discuss the large decline in the rate of growth of Hindus in greater detail towards the end of this article.

Muslims gain 0.8 percentage points in their share

Another figure highlighted in the press reports is the rise of 0.8 percentage points in the share of Muslims in the population; they form 14.2 per cent of the population in 2011 compared to 13.4 per cent in 2001. The reports suggest that this increase of a mere 0.8 percentage points is small and not a matter of any concern. But this level of increase in the share of a significantly large minority community can hardly be considered small. It implies an increase of 8 percentage points in a century; that kind of change is large enough to drastically alter the social, political and geographical balance between communities.

It is also suggested that the imbalance in the growth rate of Muslims and others is a temporary phenomenon that is unlikely to continue for long. But there is nothing in the data to suggest any correction of the imbalance. In fact, if the figure of 0.8 percentage point rise in the share of Muslims during the last decade is indeed correct, then it would be the third time in a row that they would have registered such a gain. The share of Muslims had risen by almost exactly the same 0.8 percentage points between 1981-1991 and 1991-2001; their share was 11.8 per cent in 1981, 12.6 per cent in 1991 and 13.4 per cent in 2001; it is 14.2 per cent now in 2011.

In the earlier decades, the rise in the share of Muslims used to be much smaller, but even in that period a clear rising trend was visible from decade to decade. The share was 10.5 per cent in 1951, 10.7 per cent in 1961, 11.2 per cent in 1971 and 11.8 per cent in 1981.

It is clear from the above that the rise of 0.8 percentage points in the share of Muslims in the population of India is a continuation of an established long-term trend that has continued at least since Independence. In the sixty years between 1951 and 2011, the share of Muslims has increased from 10.5 to 14.2 per cent; two-thirds of this increase has happened in the last three decades alone.


Incidentally, in the period prior to Partition and Independence, the share of Muslims in the part of undivided India that forms the Indian Union now had not increased significantly, and it was actually declining in the part that now forms Pakistan; the share was rising significantly only in the part that now forms Bangladesh. But after Partition, the Muslim share has been rising both in the Indian Union and Bangladesh, very rapidly in the latter. Pakistan, in any case, had become almost entirely Muslim after Partition.

Longer term trend of increase in Muslim share in undivided India

However in undivided India as a whole, the share of Muslims has risen continuously and consistently throughout the period for which the Census data is available. Their share was 20 per cent at the time of the first Census in 1881; it had risen to 24.3 per cent in 1941 before Partition and further to 30.4 per cent in 2001. On the basis of the available figures for 2011, we estimate the share of Muslims in the population of undivided India in 2011 at around 31.8 per cent. Thus the trend of increase in Muslim share in the population seems even stronger for undivided India.

What is critical in maintaining the demographic balance between different communities is not the absolute rate of growth but the gap between their respective growth rates.

Christians form another 2 per cent of the population of undivided India according to official sources. According to the Christian sources, the share of Christians in the population of undivided India is nearer 4 per cent. Christians and Muslims together thus already account for 36 per cent of the population of undivided India. Their combined share in 1881 was only around 21 per cent. The corresponding decline of more than 15 per cent in the share of the religions of Indian origin in the course of 130 years is indeed unusual.

Larger Muslim gains in specific parts of India

Another important aspect of the religion figures of the Census of 2011 that have appeared in the press is the very high growth of Muslims in some of the States of India. According to these reports, the share of Muslims has increased sharply in many parts of India, including in the states of Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Goa, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana.

Muslims now form 34.2 per cent of the population of Assam, which is 3.2 percentage points higher than their share of 30.9 per cent in 2001. This comes on top of gains of about 2 percentage points registered in each of the decades of 1971-81 and 1981-91 and of 2.5 percentage points in 1991-2001. In 1971, the share of Muslims in the population of Assam was only 24.6 per cent; nearly 10 percentage points below the share counted in 2011.

The real story of what is happening to the religious demography of Assam shall be known only when we get the disaggregated data for the districts and taluks. Earlier data indicated that several districts of Assam had become predominantly Muslim and many taluks were on the way to becoming exclusively Muslim. In such taluks, the absolute population of Hindus counted in 2001 was below the count of 1991. Given the surprisingly large rise in the share of Muslims in the State as a whole between 2001 and 2011, Hindus from many other taluks may have been compelled to flee from their homes.

Similarly there are also several districts and taluks in other parts of the country, especially in West Bengal, Kerala and Haryana, where Hindus have been reduced to an unviable minority. The impact of the rapid rise in the Muslim share in these States on the Hindus of those vulnerable districts and taluks within them can be assessed only when the detailed disaggregated data are formally released.

Given these trends, the need for the formal release of the complete Census data on religion has become even more urgent.

The substantial rise in the share of Muslims in the population of Kerala is interesting for another reason. In Kerala literacy rates counted in Census 2011 are above 90 per cent for both men and women and Muslim literacy rates there have not been much lower than the average. The much higher rate of growth of Muslims in this State seems to indicate that the gap in the rate of growth of Muslims and the others is not related to literacy alone. In fact, according to the figures of 2001, the literacy rate amongst Muslim women was higher than the average in as many 10 major States of India. In some of these States, the difference in female literacy in favour of Muslims was as high as 10 percentage points. Yet in all these States, the growth rate of Muslims was also higher than the average.

Data on Christians has not been reported yet

While some glimpse has been given of the rise in the share of Muslims in the population of India as a whole and of several States, the reports have almost nothing to say about the share of Christians. From past trends, Christians are likely to record major gains in several parts of the country, including in the Northeast, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. Within the Northeast, the data for Arunachal Pradesh and certain districts of Meghalaya and Assam, where rapid Christianisation had been happening in the earlier couple of decades, would be of particular interest. Census of 2001 also indicated increase in the Christian numbers in several newer areas. Detailed disaggregated data of the Census of 2011 alone shall give a clear picture of the further progress of Christianity in those parts.

Decline in the share of Hindus

A surprising aspect of the data that has been reported is the sharp decline in the share of Hindus in the total population of India. According to these reports, the proportion of Hindus has declined by 2.1 percentage points, from 80.45 per cent in 2001 to 78.35 per cent in 2011. Since the share of Muslims has increased by only 0.8 percentage points, what accounts for the larger decline in the share of Hindus? We do not have the detailed figures yet. But the large decline in the Hindu share is most likely to be associated with a spurt in the number of persons counted under “Other Religions and Persuasions”.

In every Census, concerted efforts have been made by certain groups to persuade different communities, particularly among the Scheduled Tribes of India, to get counted outside the Hindu fold. As a consequence of such efforts, 6.6 million Indians were counted under the category of Other Religions and Persuasions (ORPs) in 2001; the number in 1991 was less than 3.3 million. The decline of 2.1 percentage points in the share of Hindus in the count of 2011 suggests that the number of ORPs in this Census may have spurted threefold.

When the Census of 2011 was being conducted, intense campaigns were organised in several parts of India to dissuade people from referring to themselves as Hindus. There was even a campaign to make the Census authorities assign a new religious category in the questionnaire for this purpose. These campaigns seem to have achieved conspicuous success. Detailed disaggregated data on religion shall give us further insight into how this process has actually unfolded in the Census of 2011.

Critical Concerns

The reported figures of the religion data of Census 2011 thus raise several critical concerns. The figures show that:

(a) the gap between the rate of growth of Muslims and the national average has remained high and unchanged

(b) there has been a significant rise in the share of Muslims in the population of the country in conformity with a continuing and worrisome long-term trend

(c) in several States, the growth of share of Muslims in the population has been much higher than the national average, indicative of the development of several predominantly Muslim pockets; and

(d) there has been a sharp decline in the share of Hindus in the total population. We yet do not have any figures for the growth of Christians, which could raise further concerns.

Given these trends, the need for the formal release of the complete Census data on religion has become even more urgent. We shall be able to fully appreciate the extent of change in the religious profile of different parts of India only when the detailed religious figures disaggregated up to at least the taluk level are made available. To understand the phenomenon of rising numbers of ORPs and perhaps also of Christians, it would be also important to have the detailed religion data for the Scheduled Tribes of India. Given the critical importance of these figures for understanding the changing social, political and geographical balance within India, the Census should consider making this data part of the Primary Census Abstracts (PCA), so that the religion figures become available up to the town and village level and can be correlated with various other socio-economic aspects of the population.

Dr. J.K. Bajaj is Director, Centre for Policy Studies and author of several books including the landmark “Indian Demographics.”
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  • Peter Aremone

    See the deeds of ‘Prophet Muhammad’ that all Muslims consider as the ‘deeds’ of the Perfect Muslim for all Muslims to follow & emulate :




    1) Prophet Muhammad ordered the killing of the lady Asma Bint Marwan for writing critical poems about him & Islam- he retorted famously that no two goats would butt their heads over her murder. This is the example set by Prophet Muhammad & mandatory to follow in Islam that Islamic Cartoon killers & murderers follow across the world.

    2) When Prophet Muhammad was 51 years old, he lusted after 6 year old Aisha & since her vagina was too small when she was 6, he used to insert his penis between 6 year old Aisha’s thighs & rub against her skin to ejaculate, a process called “thighing” & legalized in Islam though in rest of the world it is Pedophilia. Subsequently when Aisha turned 9 & Muhammad was 54 years old, he had vaginal sex with 9 year old little Aisha. This is the example set by Prophet Muhammad & mandatory to follow in Islam that Islamic Pedophiles & Muslim child rape/grooming gangs across UK, Boko Haram, ISIS etc follow.

    3) Prophet Muhammad ordered the massacre of all the men of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe & had all their women & girls raped & taken as slaves, some as his personal rape slaves. This is the example set by Prophet Muhammad & mandatory to follow in Islam that Muslim invaders have followed since the birth of Islam – presently followed by Muslims in Iraq (ISIS), Boko Haram, Pakistani Muslims against Christians, Kashmiri Muslims against Buddhists etc

    4) Prophet Muhammad lusted after his own Daughter-in-Law Zainab Bint Jahsh & forced his son Zayd ibn Harithah to divorce her so he could marry her & have sex with her though she was his own Daughter-in-Law. His son was forced to comply. This is the example set by Prophet Muhammad & mandatory to follow in Islam – which Sharia law sets forth & hence when any Muslim man rapes his Daughter-in-Law, he is not punished in Islam but the girl is divorced from her Husband & made to marry her rapist Father-in-Law as the rape is considered Holy.

  • Peter Aremone

    The TRUTH of Quran & its teachings, which Muslims consider as perfect & never to be reformed & to be followed literally word-by-word & verse-by-verse


    QURAN 191-193 “And kill them wherever you find them, and fight them until there is no more Fitnah and worship is for Allah alone.”

    QURAN 2:216 “Fighting is prescribed for you, and you dislike it; but it is possible that you do not like that which is good for you, and that you love that which is bad for you — but Allah knows, and you do not.”

    QURAN 2:244 “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah hears and knows all things.”

    QURAN 3:56 “As to those who reject the faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, and there will be no one to help them.”

    QURAN 3:151 “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of unbelievers.”

    QURAN 4:74 “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoever fights in the way of Allah, whether slain or victorious, We shall bestow on him a vast reward.”

    QURAN 4:76 “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah.”

    QURAN 4:89 “They want you to reject the Faith, as they do; but do not take friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah. If they are rebellious, seize them and slay them wherever you find them.”

    QURAN 4:95 “Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no hurt to those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. To those who strive and fight, Allah has reserved a special reward.”

    QURAN 4:104 “Do not be weak-hearted in pursuing the enemy. If you suffer pain, so also do they suffer pain.”

    QURAN 5:33 “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his messenger, and cause trouble in the land, is that they should be crucified, or that their hands and feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or that they should be imprisoned. This will be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the Hereafter they will be greatly punished.”

    QURAN 8:12 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore, strike off their heads and cut off their fingertips.”

    QURAN 8:15 “When you meet unbelievers in battle, do not run away. If you run away, for reasons other than strategy or loyalty, you will incur the wrath of Allah.”

    QURAN 8:39 “And fight them until there is no more Fitnah, and religion is only for Allah.”

    QURAN 8:65 “Oh prophet, exhort the believers to fight.”

    QURAN 8:67 “A prophet should not have prisoners of war until he has made a great slaughter in the land.”

    QURAN 9:5 “When the sacred months have passed, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive. Lie in wait for them in every ambush. Then, if they repent, and keep up prayer, and pay their dues, do not bother them.”

    QURAN 9:14 “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them, and give you victory over them.”

    QURAN 9:20 “Those who believe, who have left their homes, who have strived with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight.”

    QURAN 9:29 “Fight those who do not acknowledge the religion of truth, even if they are of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

    QURAN 9:30 “The Jews say Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say the Messiah is the son of Allah. May Allah destroy them.”

    QURAN 9:38-39 “Believers, what is the matter with you? You resist taking up the cause of Allah. Do you prefer this life or that of the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.”

    QURAN 9:73 “Oh prophet, strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be unyielding to them. Their abode is hell, and evil is their destination.”

    QURAN 9:88 “The messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons. Good things are reserved for them; they will prosper.”

    QURAN 9:111 “Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their goods, and theirs in return is the Garden of Paradise. They fight in his cause : they slay, and are slain.”

    QURAN 9:123 “Oh you who believe, fight the unbelievers who are near to you. Let them find in you ruthlessness.”

    QURAN 17:16 “When we wish to destroy a town, We send our commandment to the people who lead easy lives, but they transgress. The word proving true against it, We destroy it with utter destruction.”

    QURAN 25:52 “Do not listen to unbelievers, but strive against them unrelentingly.”

    QURAN 33:60-62 “If the hypocrites, the diseased hearts and alarmists do not cease, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a fierce slaughter.”

    QURAN 47:3-4 “Unbelievers follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. When you come upon them, smite them at their necks until you have killed and wounded many of them, then take them as captives. Allah could have certainly punished them without you, but he lets you fight in order to test you. Those who are killed in the way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”

    QURAN 47:35 “Don’t lack courage and cry for peace, when you should have the advantage, for Allah is with you.”

    QURAN 48:17 “There is no blame for the blind, the lame and the sick. Whoever obeys Allah and his messenger will enter Gardens under which rivers flow. Whoever turns away will be painfully punished.”

    QURAN 48:29 “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Those with him are ruthless against unbelievers and merciful among themselves.”

    QURAN 61:4, 9 “Allah loves those who fight in his way. He has sent his messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to make it victorious over all religions, even though the infidels may resist.”

    QURAN 61:10-12 “Oh believer, shall I save you from a painful torment. Better for you that you believe in Allah and in his messenger, and that you strive hard and fight in the cause of Allah, with your wealth and with your lives. He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into the gardens under which rivers flow.”

    QURAN 66:9 “Oh prophet, strive against the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Hell will be their home.”?

  • Arun Jyothi Nivas

    the person who wrote this article mean to say that if hindus decrease nation is in danger.i need to remind him that indian culture or india is one of poorest n most underdeveloped nations in the world.no 1 in tb..high rank in hiv,malaria,etc n very low per capita income n living standards..change can be for good,at times.what is there to boast-only the legacy of our great leaders-who envisaged secularism as the new face of india..it doesn’t matter u belong to which religion,but what u think,speak n do..those who nothing to lighten this world,like the person who wrote this article will try to segregate n divide ppl,based on communal issues,to increase their mental backwardness,to give themselves some value,as they r not creative enough to do something positive..what a shame ..whether someone’s share up by 0.8 or goes down ..doesn’t matter at all..what is imp is that everyone should together..support n stand not only for themselves but also for others..pls don’t take blunder articles like this seriously..what a same.

    • Peter Aremone

      Islam is the greatest danger to the whole World. The Success of India is due to HINDUS.

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  • Mukesh kumar

    If I say truly that Hindus has started to avoid their religion values and in the race of modern era they are decreasing the fertility rate.

  • Sam108

    One more step along the road to becoming like a Pakistan… a country that nobody envies. Fools who have no grasp of demographics try to play it down, the reality of the situation has been played many times and your heads remain firmly implanted in your nether regions.

  • jesusvegdotcom

    Interesting, wealthy and middle class Hindus refuse to donate money for development, refuse to pay lower class workers a fair wage or salary so they can get out of poverty, and wealthy Indians residing in the US and the UK refuse to send money back to develop India spending it on their big homes and luxury cars. Then they act surprise when lower income villagers convert to other religions. You only have yourself to blame.

    Also, so what if the Muslim population went up by a few percentage points? They are still a minority. Stop trying to paint Hindus out to be an oppressed minority when they are clearly in the majority.


      Your user name is a great measurement of your knowledge, but for the others who end up making the mistake of believing you I will leave this link here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj8eFu72_fc

      • jesusvegdotcom

        Sorry but you’re wrong. Chinese send money back to their home countries as do Mexicans in the US. Indians on the other hand in comparison to other ethnic groups tend to send much less money back to India. Maybe you don’t live in the US so you’re not aware of how Indian Hindus are here in America. There was an article where people complained about paying $10 for Karva Chauth to temples! These are the same people driving up in Mercedes Benzes and living in $200,000 homes!

      • jesusvegdotcom


        This wasn’t just in Freemont. Other major cities that had temples rich Hindus complained about having to give a donation. Rich people in general simply don’t care about helping the downtrodden or donating to religious causes unless they get something out of it.

        • TRUTHSH4LL

          They didn’t complaint about donations, a Hanuman temple in India receives more money than what colgate earns in a year. They were complaining because those donations were being levied on them, there is a difference in asking and demanding.

          • jesusvegdotcom

            They should demand it, mortage on land costs money as do priest services. People expect religion to be free while spending thousands to tens of thousands of dollars on luxury goods. The only people you should not be asking $ is from people who are genuinely poor.

          • TRUTHSH4LL

            That is the stupidest argument ever, mortgage and land costs money in India too, in India Hindu temples are the only one that have to pay taxes unlike Mosques and Churches.

          • jesusvegdotcom

            LOL, if people don’t want to pay donation then they don’t have to go. Believe it or not you can actually pray at home, you’re not required to go into a house of worship. God is actually omnipresent and you can pray for free in your house. If one is too lazy to do pujas in their own household and they want a priest to do it then it’s a service. Services and paying rent are not free.

          • TRUTHSH4LL

            Lol, if u want to make money or provide service than start a business. Running a temple is done by saints, saints don’t do it for the money, if he does than he isn’t a saint and that isn’t a temple, period. Yea ppl can pray at home but they can also visit the temples as the ppl who do give money in temple are not paying an entry fee they are donating money, there is a difference, they are donating for the maintenance of the temple in which everyone is allowed to come.

          • jesusvegdotcom

            Not true my friend. Many temples are run by priests who are married and have children. Saints in general tend to be celibate and they may have their own organizations but a lot of temples are run by people who have families. It’s a profession and they are providing a service the same way a restaurant worker or a factory worker is providing for people. Saints renounce society and may voluntarily take a vow of poverty but why are family men who are also priests required to take a vow of poverty?

            It’s interesting that people don’t question buying expensive electronics or expensive clothes made by poor people who make low wages in sweatshops but they have an issue donating money to a priest who has to pay rent on their house and has to support children and a wife.

            I think we agree on some things here (that people can donate for temple maintenance) – so I guess let’s just leave it on the parts we agree on.

    • RJ

      This is not about conversion alone but illegal immigration and higher birth rates amongst certain religious groups. Its all about politics.

  • munusamy ganapathy

    The reported figures of the religion data of Census 2011 thus raise several critical concerns. The figures show that:

    (a) the gap between the rate of growth of Muslims and the national average has remained high and unchanged

    The main concern in this census is the alarming decline in 0-6 child sex ratio which corresponds with the rise of sangh parivar across the country. Its a hard fact that more the power to sangh parivar more the female foeticide in that state whether its the hindutva laboratory off gujarat or rajasthan or delhi or haryana ,the recently acquired jewel in the crown.

    Does the author want muslims to perform same amount of female foeticide,detest remarriage of widows,separated women to have a low growth rate like hindus.

    If we take the 0-6 sex ratio of developed countries ,it will be seen that muslims too perform female foeticide but on a lower scale.Strict action against female foeticide resulting in similar sex ratios for all religions will solve all the worries but Its very saddening and irritating that real threats to india,hindus,humanity revealed by the census figures is conveniently ignored as the support core base of sangh parivar are the worst culprits when it comes to female foeticide and nonissues are highlighted as alarming threats

    • ccc
      • munusamy ganapathy

        He talks more foolishly than the author of this article and interprets the gender sex ratio in 1901 and 1991 in the most irrational way.

        There was no facilities like ultrasound technolgies in those days to know the sex of the foetus except religious babas and superstitions/time of conception to have male foetus etc and hence they couldnt kill girl foetuses in 1901 like they do today.The talk of urban and rural too is based on the same but his argument holds true if you replace hindus by christians as muslims as they kill very less when compared to hindus whether its urban or rural.

        The average life survival rate was very poor for both male and female in 1901 with no medical facilities and hence the gender sex ratio of 972 which he says was the best in world in those days without any proof.

        Just supplement hindu population between 1991 and 2001 by keeping hindu 0-6 sex ratio as 950 of muslims which increases hindu population by more than 2.5 million or 964 which increases the hindu population by 4 million making the hindu growth rate jump and come closer to muslim growth rate

      • munusamy ganapathy

        Its not Indians kill girl children as he cleverly manipulates to cover the killings of religious hindus as majority of killings are done by hindus who are miles ahead of others along with jains and sikhs and even within hindus its the upper caste hindus who kill the maximum and there is gross difference between the states where hindutva forces are in power and where they are negligiblelike kerala ,TN,west bengal etc

        What is the reason behind 0-6 sex ratio of 964 for christians and 925 for hindus,886 for gujarat while 960 and 946 for kerala and TN and even within gujarat below 850 for uppercaste hindus and 934 for muslims and above that for tribals.Why vegetarians across haryana/rajasthan/gujarat/bihar kill more female foetuses than beef eating people. Is vegetarianism inherently patriarchial and against women

        • TRUTHSH4LL

          Wow, racist much! Sex ratio is also natural. Nature does give birth to 10 boys and 10 girls. Birth is also affected by how much food is present and how favorable the surrounding are and accordingly numbers change. Just because there are less girls doesn’t mean they must have been killed.

  • munusamy ganapathy

    Its funny to read the article full of halftruths and sad if the people are really concerned with reduced growth rate as they miss the elephant in the room

    The major cause for comparative low growth rate of hindus is female foeticide. quiet a bit of statistics have been quoted and compared except the gender sex ratio and more particularly0-6 sex ratio.

    The 0-6 sex ratio for muslims across India was 950 while it was 925 for hindus,964 for christian and 976 for others. Just apply the muslim 0-6 sex ratio for hindu child births and you will rise by millions to hindu population over a decade who have been killed by the religious hindus.Even the 925 for hindus is courtesy pseudosecular dominated states,tribals and other real quotawallaahs and excluding them the fanatic sangh supporting block among hindus are the worst when it comes to killing girl children in womb.


    The other reason for low growth rate in comparison to muslims is the religious beleifs against wiidow remarriage,delayed age of marriage due to manglik and other superstitious beleifs.Its hard to see even a middle aged widow among muslims while young widows are in lakhs among hindus across the country.The census in 1881 reports low growth rate among hindus compared to muslims inspite of both having neither access to family planning methods or beleif in it due to presence of lakhs of child widows and millions of widows and separated women in hindus unlike muslims where it was rare to see a widow/separated women who stayed single.

    • RJ

      The issue of female foeticide does need to be urgently addressed. And yet, your comments linking that to the census is intellectually dishonest and a half truth. The states where Hindus have the least proclivity to female foeticide and are the most progressive – Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Kashmir have witnessed the highest drop in the Hindu population. The Hindu population has also declined in other countries where they form a significant percentage where female foeticide is not an issue. Your criticism of the author is misplaced.

      • munusamy ganapathy

        Its surprising to see the confident assertion that female foeticide is not responsible for the low growth rate among hindus.
        Take the sex ratiio of 0-6 of muslims of 950 or christians (its for the entire country and we are discussing for the whole of India)and apply it to hindus and the growth rate of hindus too will be nearing that of muslims and the shortfall too is courtesy hindu religious practise of illtreatment of widows and rigid ideas against widow remarriage.

        The author is parroting plain lies that- high population growth being inversely proportional to increasing literacy levels is untrue for muslims by quoting muslim growth in kerala.He has to compare the growth rate of muslims in kerala with hinduus in bimaru states to know how increased literacy reduces population growth rate.Relative growth rate comparison within kerala where muslims have more growth(which is still far less than what a hindu household has in bimaru states) is due to delayed age of marriage of hindu girls, more single women,wiodws,divorcess with less chances of remarriage among hindus because of superstitious beleifs in manglik,increased demands for dowry,more alcoholics among hindu men leading to low fertility and not any planned increase by muslims as the author wants to portray.

        Internal migration of muslims to areas where they are significantly present is happening across the country as they have been demonised successfully by the parivar and marginalised from the political process as in the case of gujarat where inspite of being 9% of the population they are yet to even get a MLA seat to contest from the ruling BJP leave alone MP in loksabha ,rajyasabha,part of cabinet in the last 20 years. and this trend courtesy parivar demonisation is far worrying as it will create only more number of owaisis and not arif mohammed khans

    • vinsin

      TFR has nothing to do with any of the explanation that you have give. Muslims are having 10% higher TFR as from 1760s.

  • Mohan

    CCC, you do not realize the gravity of the situation that the author has highlighted.

    India is losing its Hindu character, its Hindu population. This happened in part during the last 10 years when Sonia Gandhi was at the helm. It is illustrative of the politics of secularism which is another word for the roll back of Hinduism; the division of Hinduism into castes, languages and tribes; and the parallel consolidation of Islam and Christianity in India.

    Hindus were 85% at independence. Its now 78.35% if media reports are to be believed.
    Muslims who were 9.7% at independence are now 14.2%. Its a huge jump.

    Without Hinduism, where is India, where is Bharat? We should not quibble about Bharat versus India.

    There is another issue that I would like to raise. Behind every facade of anti-Hinduism be it the Dravidian movement, be it Maoism, be it the more virulent ideology of Dalit assertiveness (as opposed to the mainstream Dalit movement), be it the move to declare scheduled tribes as non-Hindu, be it the more virulent neo-Buddhist movement or be it the revolts in India’s North East, there is a Christian sponsor. Secularism is but stealth-Christianity as witnessed in the last decade.

    We need to face up to the challenge that the secular order by definition is anti-Hindu and pro-Christian. The debate that the Shiv Sena raised on the Preamble to the Constitution is a valid one. Lets remove the words “secularism” and “socialism” that was introduced literally at gun point by Indira Gandhi during her infamous emergency rule where opposition had been imprisoned.

    India has to be gradually re-Hinduized through grass roots mobilization, winning more state level elections and consolidating power for the next 15 years.

    I hope India Facts and Shri Bajaj continues to cover the census results in the coming months..

    • jesusvegdotcom

      India is losing its HIndu character not because of outside minorities but b/c many Hindus don’t practice their relgion. So many rich INdians around the world who refuse to help India so many weatlhy Hindus who don’t pay their workers fairly and refuse to combat poverty. Our biggest enemy is ourselves and those who don’t pratice dharmic values.

      • RJ

        You are making sweeping generalizations. As if Christians or Muslims pay their workers fairly!

        • jesusvegdotcom

          you are correct, there are plenty of christians and muslims who don’t pay their workers fairly. and when they complain about how religious minorities are destroying their countries, you and i should make it a point that they are their own worst enemy, not some small group of people who have less power than the majority.

      • TRUTHSH4LL

        Actually the money that NRI’s transfer to India is larger than the sum total of what most Developed countries grants to many under developed countries as help. Also, in Hinduism the way things were taught in a manner similar to the trickle down economics model.. Even in education the 9th std student would teach the 8th std and the 8th would teach the 7th and so on. So when India was under the British rule one of their scholars realized this and corrupted this technique by fooling/lieing/deceiving or even bribing the rich to follow the trends of the west so the others would soon follow them. Who do you think started taking english lessons first in India. I dont remember his name but he had kept a record of this intension of his and he was happy that it was successful as ppl would soon start undermining their own history and culture and would look up to west. This brainwashing is visible everywhere in India today when the filthy rich and successful ppl wear suits in a country like India with super hot and highly humid climate, where children wear ties and socks and shoes to schools, where offices building are made up of glasses in an equatorial region?!

        • jesusvegdotcom

          Can you provide the data for re: what money NRIs transfer? Because many of the rich NRIs I have met in Canada and the US do not believe in sending money back to their motherland. But if this is true it would be nice to see the data.

          Don’t disagree that Indians hate their culture b/c of the British. Bollywood is a great example constantly showing white people and blonde women eventhough India is mostly brown and black and has Northeastern ethnic groups, etc. These people never seem to show up in Indian tv or movies.

    • Arun Jyothi Nivas

      gandhi is the father of this nation n he did not think like u did..hindu popln is about 85 crores..is that not enough..if minorities inc nothing will happen..kerala is a classic example..health statistics,labour wages,literacy is the highest in india -a place where christians r about 20% n muslim 26.6% n kerala will remain as the only state in india where the bjp can never ever come to power..kerala will serve as a model in secularism n progress for the whole country..we will celebrate onam,vishu n christmas together..communal fascists just shut the hell up..ok

      • Peter Aremone

        Kerala is a JIHADI state, the most disgusting state in South India. You are the FASCIST

        • Mike

          One common feature of the saffron scum is the language they use against Kerala . For the information of these saffron vermin Kerala is the most progressive state in the country which leads all the other states in almost all the social indices. The issue of these Saffron scoundrels is that they are unable to impose their version of hindutva in its true sense . The condition of the lower castes in Kerala is way better than their counterparts in the so called hindu heavens like Rajastan , Madhyapradesh Gujarat etc. They are very well educated & have considerable representation among white collar employees..

          • TRUTHSH4LL

            What makes u think Peter is Hindu and doest it make u a fascist too when u make such generalizations too?!

      • Agnel Mathew

        Yes very true Jyothi

      • vinsin

        So when Kerala is planning to implement women rights, child rights, animal rights, religious building and clothing laws?
        Make Kerala secular if you are not communal. Love JIhad is also highest in Kerala. 100% of kerala Muslims voted for partition.

  • ccc

    for India it’s doesn’t matter whether hindus are 80% or there are no hindus at all but the question is, what is the ideal religious balance vis-a-vis Islam for Bharat ?

    • Radha Rajan

      If it doesnt matter if we are 80% or if we are not, then how does it matter what is ideal religious balance. After we are all gone, the balance will be among the Abrahamic cults. the only comforting thought is we hindus wont be around when armageddon happens.

      • ccc

        I don’t consider India and Bharat as the same nation, Bharat is the nation colonized by Indians. In India hindu doesn’t have political power, and for Indians hindu tradition is the thing to rebel against, why because during the last 1300 years while some hindus have outrightly converted to non-hindu cults and the rest have adopted and rationalized the most horrible of abhramic practices, some of which never existed in India like women purdah and some were waning like animal slaughter for eating with the realization of “tat twam asi”, so now every hindu in India has the same abhramic attitude towards other creatures that muslims have. What they do in arabic to allah, we do in sanskrit to xyz etc. etc.etc. In bharat all creatures would have equal rights and religion would’ve been an unknown word, jati would’ve been used to discriminate though, for the jati chauvinists a sincere reading of “मनीषा पंचकम्:” is highly recommended.

        • Peter Aremone

          The WORD India is Anglicized version of HINDU. INDIA = HINDU


      I personally believe the circle of life implies to this. I believe that the Hindu population will continue to decline, I am not talking about the ppl who were born Hindu, I am talking about the one that follow it. Once his happens we will see Christians and Muslims waging war and all the chaos and than ppl will realize that Humanity is the only way. Hinduism is the way of life so whether there are any Hindus left or not, Hinduism will still survive as long as Humanity does. Its the eternal truth.

  • ccc

    In 47′ they should all have been sent to pakistan but gandhi & congress didn’t want that but nothing can be done about it now, nobody can stop muslim population rise. By the end of the century they will become more than 21% of the total population of India.