Why is Census 2011 silent on religious data?


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Why is Census 2011 silent on religious data?Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde released the Primary Census Abstract-Data Highlights of Census 2011 in a function organised by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, in New Delhi on April 30, 2013.

The report titled Primary Census Abstract-Data Highlights of Census 2011, might have been eagerly awaited and much publicised event till a decade ago. But the proliferation of Internet has ensured that figures were no longer best kept secret. Technological improvements have reduced the time lag between data capture and presentation. The Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs has already been uploading provisional data online over the last one year. In fact, a more detailed report in two parts, i.e., Provisional Population Totals Paper 1 of 2011 and Provisional Population Totals Paper 2 (Vol-I & II) of 2011 is already available on the net for free. These in print editions are priced Rs 700 together as a tribute to their bulk.

The provisional totals have all the imprints of final Census. It contains processed data on child population, gender composition, child sex ratio, state of literacy and density of population. We even have a high-resolution categories like rural vs urban distribution of child population, number of literates and literacy rate by sex and residence.

However, one wonders what happened to the religion-wise data. Information on religion was duly collected in Column 7 of the Census 2011 Household Schedule. But both the Provisional Population Totals and Primary Census Abstract are silent on religious data. When the results in rarefied categories like number of literates and literacy rate by sex and residence could be arrived at, would it have been difficult to tell how many Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists are in India. Nor would it have been difficult to determine the decadal population growth rate of respective communities. The hindrance was possibly not technological but political.

Religious headcount is being undertaken since the first Census of India (1871-72). But it is a highly sensitive category when it comes to the announcing the results. Muslim population tends to increase faster than the rest of the population. In 1909, Colonel UN Mukherji had written a pamphlet Hindus: A Dying Race. His projections were based on the study of three consecutive censuses 1881, 1891 and 1901. It revealed how Hindu demographic share was declining with every passing decade. Colonel Mukherji met Swami Shraddhanand of Arya Samaj at Calcutta in 1911. His statistical and analytical study prompted Swami Shraddhanand to formulate Shuddhi and Sangathan. It was a project to bring back converted Indians into their native Hindu fold.

The political sensitiveness of the subject can be understood from the huff around the release First Report On Religion (Census 2001) in 2005, which reveals that contrary to overall population trend, growth rate of Muslim population has increased. The decadal growth rate of the Muslims was around 36 percent which was up from 30 per cent between 1981 and 1991 respectively. The Hindu growth rate had fallen to 20 per cent to from 23 per cent in the same corresponding period.

The then Home Minister Shivraj Patil compelled the then Census Commissioner Jayant Kumar Banthia, IAS to ‘adjust’ the figures. Patil’s borrowed argument was that decadal growth could not be determined because there was no Census in Assam in 1981 and J&K in 1991 due to insurgency. Banthia, unwilling to bend, juxtaposed both the adjusted and unadjusted figures on the first page.

The Hindu population pegged at 80.5 per cent in Census 2001 is likely to have fallen below 80 per cent in 2011. In parts of India like West Bengal and Assam, the Muslim population might have crossed one-third threshold. The UPA Government is likely to delay this damning revelation as much as possible. Especially, in an election year they feel the BJP will take advantage of the figures. But, I have my doubts about. The BJP will also downplay it for the fear to being branded ‘communal’. All political parties will like to live in denial of a disturbing reality as long as they can.

But one can expect greater Muslim assertiveness soon as the religious data of Census 2011 is out. It bodes ill for all political parties of India led by Hindus whether they are secular or communal. Some liberal Hindus might advocate abolishing the religious data category in future Census operations. They made a similar plea last time also. But the reality does not disappear if one were to shut his eyes to it.

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  • Ankur

    why cant the so called main stream English media report the facts as they are… oh yes telling the truth will tarnish their sickular image.

    • Kandaswamy

      Hindus, please have atleast 2 Children. Eat Red Meat and leave evil habits like Tobacco/Alcohol. Please vote unitedly and visit temples on saturday to unite. Help poor Hindus by buying from their shops and employ them whereever possible. Donate to your poor relatives instead of donating to already rich baba’s.. Our Hindu ancestors gave their life to save their future generation. Present day Hindus can do little now to protect other Hindus and save Hinduism. United we stand, divided we fall. Think about our future generation and act practically..

      • sae

        man atlast i found a matured post.u r right.glad to see it.

  • R.Venkatanarayanan

    There can be no doubt whatever that UPA will not publish or allow material to be published even under RTI till after the General Election in 2014. If Shivraj Patil was a dishonest minority appeaser to question the professionalism of the Census Commissioner’s office, the riff raffs in the UPAII have been notorious for their denouncing even the Auditor General and even the highest court of the land. The Congress party and its bedfellows who are on their knees to secure the votes of Muslims and Christians will not let Hindus or the world know about the demographic nightmare facing Hindus in their motherland. But we should keep up the pressure under RETI for religion-wise data, if not for the whole country at least for certain selected States. Priyadarsi has done a great service to expose once again the chicanary of UPAII.
    R.Venkatanarayanan

  • Gopal Krishnan

    Great read. It definitely seems like a political move.

    • soumalya bag

      unoficialy hindu population set to fall below 70%…bcz of convertion by chirstain….some people may show themself hindu but they dindt do puja..thay belive in chirst…and in the name of god miracle healing they converting hindu specially women slowley…in every village in west bengal thare is atleast one home church…in every sundey they gathered and pray…read bible.and told them not to do puja.so this is alarming time for hindu

  • RP

    Dear Priyadarshi

    Muslims the world over always over estimate their numbers, regardless of what a particular census indicates. We Hindus need to do the same. Its pointless arguing that the Hindu population may well have declined to less than 80% in India. You may be correct. But we may need to ‘fudge’ the numbers ourselves as Muslims have been doing everywhere. Lets also realize that the growth in the Muslim population in India is not due to birth alone. It in significant measure also depends on the illegal influx of Bangladeshi immigrants who may well number 15 million or 1.5 crore. If one were to deny them the citizenship as they are not bonafide, the Hindu population would be higher.

    My own sense is that the Hindu population is likely 80% – exactly that – a 0.5% decline since 2001. Or perhaps 79.8% – a 0.7% decline – which has been the approx decadal decline since 1951!

    Kind regards

  • Anita

    There is incorrect information on the Muslim growth rate for 1991-2001

    In 1991 there was no census of J&K which includes 14 million muslims and is a muslim majority state. In 2001 this was included and it appeared that there was a huge jump. That is how the 36% decadal growth rate figure comes up.

    If you look at the revised decadal growth by extrapolating J&K population to 1991, it comes down to around 29% down from 32% previously along with the general trend of declining growth rates

    Still higher than Hindu growth rate of around 20%. But keep in mind that Muslims are still 14%.

  • rajagopal

    i have studied growth rates of Hindu,Muslim Sikh, Christian population based on census data for 1951,1961,1971,1991,2001 on religious population demonstrating the hindu rate is falling and muslim rate is increasing from decade to decade.it was published in Organiser but i don not have exact date of publication nor a copy of the same.i wish priya darshini may contact the publisher to study the trends

  • Abdul

    what is need of caste and religion counting in census, we all are humans first then indians…

    • Indian

      Sure Abdul. Tell that to all the Muslim majority nations in the world that impose Sharia law and do not allow non-Muslims to practice their religion.

    • Kandaswamy

      In islaamic countries, other religi0us people are not allowed to build their temples. In many countries, other religi0us people are given citizenship (like maldives). In Paakistan, Hindus will not be taken in P0lice/Armie. You are speaking secularism here because you are minority here. Once you grow to majority, whatever happened to Hindus in Kaashmir and Paakistan will happen to Hindus in India as well..

      • umesh

        totally agreed. WE SHOULD KILL EVEN A SMALL SNAKE WITH BIG STICK

    • vishal malik

      I m from HARYANA…

      Xactly @abdul,kandaswamy,umesh,indian
      India belongs to all indians and not to hindu,muslims.Hindus need not to worry of becoming minority…

      Remember always and every time we have peoples like APJ kalam,Sardar Patel,RSS,SRK,Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan,SWAMI Vivekanand,Mother TERESA,Atal VAJIPAYI who will handle the most critical situations very easily.

      All Indians(hindus,muslims,christians,or whatever u say) needs to focus on national development. Countries like Sri lanka are going up than us.

      Need of the hour is to build a stronger india which can fight the AMERICA,CHINA AND PAKISTAN.

      Remember the PAKISTANI HINDU are not OUR BROTHERS(they all are Pakistani).
      Rather all MUSLIMS INDIANS are our brother… Our own(hum sab BHARTIY h)

      • sae

        u r right to an extent dude.we had to concentrate on national development.but at the same time we had to care abt these relgious conversions,since its going ata a alarming rate.only hindus can lead a true secular india.or else u know what is happening in muslim nations and all.all muslims xtians are our brothers,but why they need(not all of them) want to convert hindus to their religion.its not a good thing

  • richa

    Guys check dis out
    http://www.indiatribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9030:india-must-be-officially-declared-a-hindu-state-narain-kataria&catid=25:community&Itemid=457

    Indian population is around 83% or more exactly 82.5% of total population it is claimed at website of Bajrang dal too,as well as at wikipedia and blog of Narain Kataria too Hindus were 100 crores out of 120 crores and some lakh in 2011 so u can calculate the hindu % in India ,what we need is unity and no casteism and raceism among each other

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040347989 Gurumurthy Gaddam

      Census indicates 80%(2011 estimated) of Hindu population. Larger Hindu population which includes hindu(80%), sikh(2%), Buddhist and Jain together(1%)= 83% (larger hindu population). Islam(14%), Christianity & others(3%. It is said that Islam will stabilize at 15% by 2031 If illegal Bangladeshi immigration stops. If illegal Bangladeshi muslims of 1.5 crore are deported (50 lakh from Assam, 75 lakh from West bengal, 25 lakh from other parts of the country) the population of muslims will stabilize @ 14% by 2031.

  • gk

    Can we file an RTI?

    • Gopal

      Exactly what i was thinking about! Can anyone share light on how this can be taken forward?

    • sae

      i also thinking about the same man.

  • NareshArya

    LATEST RELIGIOUS WISE DATA FOR 2011 HAS REVEALED

    HINDUISM 75.2%
    ISLAM 20.1%
    CHRISTIANITY 2.7%
    SIKHISM 1.7%
    REST 0.3%

    NOW only way to survive for hindus ,

    Hereafter
    (i)No muslim can marry more than one,
    (ii)No Bangladeshi allowed
    (iii)No christian conversion allowed anyways(forcible,money,helping poor,giving education with the eye of conversion,missionary hospitals(instead government has to provide medical colleges in all the districts of INDIA))

  • Priyadarshi Dutta

    @Naresh Arya. What is your source for the above quoted population figures? o/o Registrar General & Census Commissioner has not released such data as yet. I have received reply to my second RTI application last week. Religious data has not been released. So please refrain from loose talking that demeans the seriousness of the subject.

  • K Bharani Nath

    Many Muslims might not like it but the reason for high population growth, low presence in higher education, low presence in highly skilled jobs is because of their policy of having many children in each family. The community leaders encourage families to have many children and family planning is considered against Islamic. In today’s high cost of living, how can one afford to have 5-6 children and expect to give them good education? Then comes the debate on Reservation.

    The religious leaders should start promoting young couples to have 1 or 2 children and focus on giving them good quality education for better future of their family and the country.

  • R.Venkatanarayanan

    Let us not ignore the fact that overseas Christian missionaries and their Indian lackeys are more diabolical than blunt muslims in this population game.The conversion gangs in India ask their victims to retain their Hindu names and declare that they are Hindus or some denomination thereof. Go to Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu and see for yourself at the ground- both in urban and rural areas. The Census figures for Christians is a gross under-reporting.The purpose is to keep the extent of conversion under the radar.
    R.Venkatanarayanan

    • harender

      WHY THE HELL HINDUS IN SOUTH INDIA AND WEST BENGAL NOT VOTE FOR BJP THEN ? i dont understand this , please guys now is the time to change the trend and spread the word to vote for BJP all over the india thats the only way we can checK banladeshi immigrants and muslim population outburst and conversion .

      • midhun

        here in kerala hindu votes are splitted (more communist )& congress then these two parties can join together fail the bjp candidates in some places, missionaries work hard to converting the hindus political parties are supporting them :(

  • http://n/a arun kumar

    Congrass always hide truth.it not new.it part of congrass habbit.1962 sino and india war report hide,so many report hide.congrass always tell lie with his country people.hates congrass.only congrass are resposeable of partion of india in 1947.

  • rohit

    Dear Reader,

    all hindus will become extinct and this is the destiny of the religion

    • srikanth

      dont u fell shame of ur self saying such words to one religion i dont know what religion u r following but that religion the waste religion who teaches u to comment on the other religions if u are irreligious than u rthe waste candidate u fuck

    • Vikram Nagarkar

      Dear Rohit,

      You are a disgrace to Hinduism or whatever secondary religion you follow and should leave immediately. Hinduism will decline but will continue to exist and live on just like it did for thousands of years. Islam and Christianity are on the rise but due to high fertility rates that’s all. Those religions live on conversions and hence will slowly die out.Also most people that convert to those religions are there namesake purposes only.

    • Vikram Nagarkar

      Dear Rohit,

      You are a disgrace to Hinduism or whatever secondary religion you follow and should leave immediately. Hinduism will decline but will continue to exist and live on just like it did for thousands of years. Islam and Christianity are on the rise but due to high fertility rates that’s all. Those religions live on conversions and hence will slowly die out.Also most people that convert to those religions are there namesake purposes only.

  • Muhammed Khader

    @priyadarshi

    What is the purpose of an article like this,Why we have to divide india by religion. Please understand there is only between 3% to 7% Muslims in INDIA. We have to encourage the growth of all the peoples in INDIA especially minorities(islam,christianity,sikhism,budhism,jainism).
    We all love INDIA.

    • Vikram

      if you love India, fight those who brainwash the Muslim masses & keep them in ignorance & poverty. Fight the high birth rates of Muslims where women are treated as baby making machines, fight the sharia laws on talak etc which are an insult to a modern democracy like India, fight the ignorance due to which many Muslims treat Osama like a hero, many still believe disgusting conspiracy theories like RSS hand behind 26/11 attack, or that Batla encounter was fake. Just making brotherhood love & peace comments on sites will not work….can you create a Muslim society where people dont want to kill you just because someone draws a cartoon of Muhammad – you can rest assured no one will try to kill you if you draw a cartoon of Lord Ram

  • sughiram

    @Muhammed Khader: Please tell this to your clerics in Masjids…You guys need tolerance that Islam doesn’t have,…See all Islam republic nations…even they will not allow Non Muslims to practice their religion.
    If muslims are tolerable people, there will not be a problem. Indian and its culture is known for its tolerance but Muslims growth pose danger to India’s culture and India itself…

  • murthy

    Fundamentalism is more with islam than any other religion. almost no country in the world is secular where islam is in majority. exception may be turkey(which in itself is a developed country in the euro belt) but even they have few chances of being secular(constitution I think already changed from secular to Islam). with even 10% of hindu population in bangladesh, the amount of atrocities commited on them, i think there is no single incidence of hindus attacking muslims. In Myanmar where muslims constitute just 4% of the population, though muslims are the sufferers, but there are many incidents in which muslims have attacked native rakhine people and killed them. 23% of the hindu population in in 1971 in bangladesh has come down to 9% today. 11% of mulsim population in india in 1971 has risen to 15%. I do not belong to the fold of RSS/BJP/VHP. This are my observations as a citizen of this country and may be world at large. I think peace is the basis for christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism(all religions other than Islam). Much of the Islam believes in Jihad, moderates having no voice in the religion. Modest estimates are 1 crore bangladesh immigrants in india(other estimates may go as high as 2 crore). modest estimates 50 lakh of them in Assam alone. Assam is going to be the future kashmir. It is often said kashmiri muslims are liberal compared to their counterparts in pakistan, kashmir problem and militancy continues unabated inspite of them being liberal minded as is said. India was able to control sikh militancy in 10 years. 25 years of kashmir militancy and there is no solution in the near future. I believe there will be none at it is muslim majority. Most of the Sikh community belongs to the military race. As such kashmiri muslims do not belong to such a race. We are able to contain the sikh militancy but not the kashmiri militancy both pakistan driven. We were able to control the ULFA militancy in Assam but in future It will not be possible for india to control the Assam muslim militancy.

    You talk about Raj Thakeray, and his bihari bashing. Politicians from left centre and right take up some or the other issue to survive in politics. It is the same case with all the politicians in the developing and under developed countries. This cannot be be compared with Islam fundamentalism as a whole. You should remember Pakistan and Bangladesh are islamic countries where it is difficult for other religions to survive because of persecution and largely forced conversions. I think you should be knowing the statistics very well. India has been secular from the day one for the past 65 years and a democracy thrives here without break except for the emergency period and will be forever because of Hindu majority. If the majority in India were christians,(or any other religion/ethnicity except Islam), India still would have remained secular. But If the majority would have been Islam, India would have been never secular and would have been Islamic country like others.
    Was Raj thakeray or Narendra Modi were able to do to muslims or biharis as the case may be the way pakistan or bangladesh has done to minorities particularly hindus in their countries. Larger hindu mindset will not accept that, so they will never be able to do that.
    The entire kashmir pandits have migrated out of kashmir inspite of kashmir being in India. How many gujarati muslims have moved out of gujarat at least to other states after the so called pogrom. It will not happen in Hindu India.
    The solution deporting all bangladeshi immigrants to bangladesh, not only from assam but also from west bengal may be from other parts of the country.

    • Very Good HK

      Don’t undermine Chistian fundamentalism. In its real form it is worse than Islamic fundamentalism. It is only because of age of enlightenment that European Christian nations became secular because they were themselves persecuted by Christianity. But in third world Christian countries situation is still the same. For example in Fiji, an elected PM was ousted in a Christian militants sponsored coup, just because the PM was Hindu. Similarly, Christian terrorists issue same kind of warning to Hindus in India’s NE like Islamic terrorists do. Non-Christians cannot practice freely. So at their core Islam and Christianity are same violent, intolerant, and hateful of all other religions.

  • Sam

    Religion data from the 2001 census was also delayed by some years. I think from memory it was not released until 2005. Regardless the information we have from 2001 showed that Muslims had a disproportionally high birth rate as evidenced by the appallingly high proportion muslims in the 0-6 age group. That will mean that the proportion of the population that is Hindu will have dropped below the psychological 80% level. There have been independent anlaysis on population projections and the sensible believable ones suggest Muslims will now be in the region of 14-15% of the population. The rate of growth is declining, but is still well above every single other major religious group. This is also not somthing specific to India, but common demographic trait in just about every country on this planet that has a Muslim population.

    The population growth rate of Christians in the NE is also high, but the bulk of Christians in terms of numbers are in the Southern states of India where they have typically lower than average birth rates.

    Sikh birth rate is on par with the national average although the very high level of sex selection amongst them is at some point going to have a negative effect. I would think we will either see the same proportion of Sikhs as 2001 or slightly less.

    The bulk of India’s Buddhists are actually from the Neo-Buddhist flavour and concentrated in Maharashtra. Largely made up of people from low social ranking who tend to have higher birth rates, it too is likely to have grown relative to the total population. Probably accounting for 1% of India’s population. Vajrayans schools in the Himalayan belt have traditionally lower birth rates, but are a much smaller proportion of the Indian Buddhist population.

  • GG

    Taking into account the huge influx of Bangladesh immigrants as far as Gujarat and Maharashtra, it has been feared that the ratio of Muslims may have risen as far as 30% by now. Someone should file RTI queries to get the Sensex data released. Niticentral or some other right-wing media channel should take initiative.

  • rishi

    sorry friends ,the first thing i like to mention legally india is not a secular country !!surprised !!!but it’s true ,we have two laws existing in this country one for MUSLIMS and other for HINDUS ,just see personal laws of muslims from transfer of property law to marriage leaving just criminal law all are govern by sharia with no modern changes because NEHRU was a coward to do any changes which Britishers bared to do in 1939 since then nothing was done but NEHRU came forward to master HINDUS like a GOD and drafted number of HINDUS act which like always we accepted!!HE WANTED TO WIPE NUMBER OF SANSKARS BUT IT WAS RAJENDRA PRASAD OUR FIRST PRESIDENT WHO REFUSED TO SIGN ,AFTER THAT IT WAS SAVED A LITTLE ,THIS IS FACT WHICH ANY LAWYER CAN TELL!!WITH THAT SINCE MUGHAL PERIOD PATRONAGE IS BEING GIVEN TO MADARSAS AND FOR HAJ !!STILL HARD EARNED MONEY OF HINDU TAX PAYERS ARE SPEND FOR THEM WHY? ARE WE SECULAR NO!!HINDUS ARE TAXED EVEN IN THERE COUNTRY IF THEY GO FOR PILGRIMAGE ,RECENTLY DURING KUMBH AT ALLAHABAD RAILWAY CHARGED EXTRA SURCHARGE ON EVERY PASSENGER WHO VISITED ALLAHABAD ,EVEN FOOD WERE TAXED !THIS IS JUST TIP OF ICEBERG !THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO STUDY GITA OF RAMAYANA !!!!THAN WHY FOR KORAN !AND THAT TOO WITH THE MONEY OF SO CALLED KAFIRS!WE ALL HINDU ARE FUNDING THEM TO GROW AND PRODUCE SEE LATEST FOOD BILL WHICH IS ON THE BASIS OF PER HEAD COUNT FAMILY HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN AS A BASE SO ITS NATURAL WHO IS GOING TO GET MORE BENEFIT!!LAST BUT NOT LEAST FILM AND MEDIA ARE PLAYING CRUCIAL ROLE IN PORTRAYING HINDUS IN GENERAL BAD !SEE ALL MUSLIMS HERO IN BOLLOYWOOD WITH HINDU FEMALE COUNTERPART !WHY !!!!THERE IS LARGER CONSPIRACY !MONEY IS BEING PUMPED BY UNDISCLOSED SOURSES WHO KNOW THAT FILM HAS DEEP EFFECT ON SOCIETY !IN COMING DAYS WE WILL SEE MORE CHANGES WHICH WILL DEFINITELY NOT IN OUR FAVOR AS HINDU HAS TENDENCY OF FORGETTING THEY KILLED OUR SOLDIERS,THEY RAPE AND KILL OUR BROTHER AND SISTERS BUT WE ALWAYS WELCOME THEM ,JUST THE BLUNDER DONE BY PRITHVI RAJ CHAUHAN TO FORGIVE HIS ENEMY AND WHAT HE GOT IN RETURN ITS A BLACK HISTORY WHICH WE ARE STILL FACING !!TILL DATE!!!

  • singhsaab

    Why do you people have to shout loud about religion. Religion is a choice every individual makes to connect with God. It is up to an individual to decide what to embrace and what not to embrace. If India does not become a secular country where people can choose the religion of their choice or be atheists and not choose to believe in anything, we will end up being what every other developed nation in the world want, an unstable and volatile economy where people fight each other over religion. If you even get time google images on religious violence in India, the pictures speak for itself.

    • R.Venkatanarayanan

      “SinghSaab” is going off a tangent and is trying to shoot down a non-existent target. Who disputes at least in India that individuals should have the right to adopt and follow their religion? Priyadarsi and his commentators have not denied this right.The central point is “appeasement and placating of religious minorities” in India for their votes or out of fear of violence, and concealing by Government of facts on the ground –in this case the huge population increase and concentration in more and more specific areas of the country, of Muslims. There are a large number of talukas in this country now where Hindus have to sell their property only to Christians or Muslims ! Does the Government acknowledge this fact? Suppressing the Census data analysis to avoid alarm of Hindus before the State and Central Elections is a nauseating ploy of the Congress and the UPA Govt.
      R.Venkatanarayanan

  • sughiram

    @singhsaab: Agree…but read the previous comment from @rishi. Why these pseudo-secular parties appeasing towards minorities by discriminating Hindus? If they are secular, they should support COMMON CIVIL CODE. But BJP is the only party which supports COMMON CIVIL CODE but BJP is termed as communal by these pseudo-secular. This kind of minority appeasement makes Hindu people (known for their tolerance) to get anger against minorities. I’m sure that most of the neutral Hindus are not aware about the ground level plan to wipe out Hinduism. If government treats all people equal without any appeasement, then most of the problem regarding religious riots will be solved.

  • http://www.metapedia.org N Parthasarathy Iyer

    I am living in the Southern state of Kerala. I can tell you with confidence that the census numbers for Christians (and to some extent that of Muslims) is under-reported, at least in Kerala. According to the last census, the religious distribution in Kerala was as follows: Hindu – 56%, Muslim – 25%, X’ian – 19%. However in reality, this is very different. Many of the lower caste Hindus are actually Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians, who register themselves as Hindus to enjoy the reservation benefits. The main reason for the death of Hinduism in Kerala is the low number of Brahmins. Brahmins are only 1.5% of the population. Of the 56% Hindu population, only 16% are Forward Caste, including 1.5% Brahmins and 13% Nairs (soldier caste). Some 10% is Dalit and around 30% is OBC. Dalits are around 90-95% Chrsitian, and I have very rarely met Hindus among them. I don’t know the exact composition of the OBCs, but in my area it is around half-Christian and half-Hindu. I ranges from caste to caste as well. Some OBCs, such as Nadars (3% of the total population) are 99% Christian, while some smaller castes like Chakkala and Veluthedan are 99% Hindu. The largest OBC caste (Thiyya-Ezhava)is around 50% Christian. OBCs in Christian majority areas, such as Kottayam and Neyyattinkara are almost 100% Christian. So my guess is that Kerala was around 25% Hindu in 2001, as opposed to 56% as given by the census.

    • Dheeraj

      Please don’t trivalise a seious subject with such stupid projection. yes a good section of scheduled caste christians register themselves as Hindus to avail reservation benefits, but scheduled castes themselves form only 10% of the population in Kerala and at least 60% are hindus especially north of Eranakulam. Other than this OBC christian converts do not need to register themselves as Hindus as they get reservation 3%(2% Latin 1% other backward christians) as Christians only. Also the christians are mainly concentrated in Travancore which is witnessing population decline.
      Trend in Kerala
      1)Official christian percentage declined from 21% in 1960 to 19% in 2001, Why do you think Kerala Congress mergers happened.Post delimitation travancore lost 7 seats 5 hindu dominated ,2 christian dominated to Malabar all in muslim dominated areas.The merger was to maintain their clout in the face of declining Christian population
      2)Really the real trend in Kerala is going to become third muslim dominated state in India after J&K and assam(due to bangladeshi illegals)
      3)muslim population in kerala increased from 18% in 1960 to 25% in 2001 ;by the trend of distribution of u6 population in Kerala in 2001 ;Hindu 50% Christian 16% muslim 34% this is set to continue.
      4)my prediction for Kerala religious distribution by 2011 census is
      Hindu 54.3%(56.2% 2001)
      Christian 18.5%(19.1% 2001)
      Muslim 27.2%(24.7% 2001)
      In 50yrs time it should be something like 42% Hindu 44% Muslim rest Christian making Kerala the third muslim dominated state by then.

      • Dying Hindu

        What load of BS? OBC Hindus have reservation of around 30% (at state level) and OBC Christians have only 3%. That is why most of them register as Hindus. I am from Northern Kerala. Even here Christians form around 90% of the SC population and some 40-50% of the OBC population. It is laughable that you give so much emphasis on “declining Christian population”. According to the Kerala Annual Vital Statistics Report of 2008, the Birth Rate for Hindus is 12.89 births per 1,000 while that for the Christians is 14.81 births per 1,000. It would have been even more, had not a lot of young Christians migrated to US, EU, Australia.etc. And the second part of the post means that you don’t know anything about politics. The number if Christian MLAs (43 out of 140) and Christian ministers (CM + 7 out of 19 ministers) is at the highest level since independence. Certain constituencies (like Neyyattinkara) which were once Hindu strongholds have now become Christian forts. Muslims are also getting more represented politically, but at a smaller scale (30 MLAs, 6 ministers).

      • sae

        ur evaluation is correct.iyer brahmin is saying some utter foolish census.

    • Karkar

      What an utter load of dung. But then, of course you are a Brahmin and must be true. Brahmins like you are the problem why Hindus converted to Christianity.

      • Nagnath

        very very very very very very very very very*100000000000000= TRUE hai Bhai.brahmin have spoiled the Hindu religion.

        • united boys

          hey boys what are we doing, we are blaimng ourselvs….. i born in a brahmin family bt i never recogniz myself as brahmin i recogniz myself as a hindu only… here i must say tht i’m not agree with wht mr. iyer said… actualy we all have to be united against all odds.. we should not be called as brahmin or sc or st or bc obc.. bt actully we should be called as united hindus… be united be hindu…

    • sae

      kottayam 100% xtian :lol lol lol.then why we ezhavas and nairs living in kottayam. may be brahmins in kottayam are around 0%.now i understood u r considering brahmins only as hindus.thats why u said kottayam has 100%xtian.fool

  • probal Kumar Banerjee

    This is very astonished that though India is a Hindu majority country his Hindu population is decreasing day by day. The major reason beside it is low birth rate, & obviously conversion. It has been noticed that lot of Hindu boys & girls are changed there religion from Hinduism to Islam & Christianity in case of love matters.In Bengal this is very common thing . Every two or three alternative houses in a cosmopolitan locality are facing this problem in Bengal. But its very hardly to see that Muslim girls are running for Hindu boys and change there religion.What I feel being a member of a high cosmopolitan locality Hindu girls are soft target of other religion (specialty Muslims) and the Hindu girls are accepting the target gladly under the conditions of liberal mentality. From government level or by the constitutions there is no protection for Hindus regarding interfaith marriage.Where as Hindu boys cannot marry any Muslims girls in Pakistan, Bangladesh, or any Muslims dominating country. If from the government the Hindu girls are not protecting from interfaith marriage the decreasing level of Hinduism will a major problem for India in recent future.
    Regards,
    Probal Kumar Banerjee

    • rishi

      please contact hindu samhati, in kolkakata!he is doing work for hindu protection!with that we should also appose bolloywood films as they are biggest initiator in conversion of hindu girls called as lovejihad!!!

  • Hemkanta Bora

    Priyadarshi,
    In Assam it is very serious matter. Perhaps, Assamese people (All- hindu or original muslim) going down because of the immigrant muslim Bangladeshis. It will be a major cause to keep silent in religious data.

  • bs.ravurukula205@gmail.com

    How Recognised Christian population As per population Census?

    • Very Good HK

      My guess arounf 4-5%.

  • Truthprevails

    Christian population in AP has risen manifold due to unabashed conversions.

    • truth teller

      Yes true.I Xpect in Telngana:Hindus-82%Muslims-13%Christians-4%Others-1%
      But in Seemandhra i expect: Christians-22%Muslims-8%,Hindus-70%
      In Rayalaseema: Christians-12%,muslims-17%,Hindus-71%
      In Uttarandhra: Christians-15%,muslims-2%,Hindus-83%
      In Konaseema: Christians-32%,muslims-4%,Hindus-64%
      In Dakshina kosta:Christians-33%,muslims-9%,Hindus-58%

  • Sumit

    Hahaha Hindus are born to be slave and fooled. After 100′s of years of slavery n 60 years of bootlicking of Gandhi family if they still refuses to accept the fact then they are destined to be slaves again. These fools don’t understand majority in politics is necessary IN A DEMOCRACY but they still vote for parties like AAP if not congress n CURSE BJP for not standing for them n unable to build RAM TEMPLE by merely giving them 180 seats hahaha.IDIOTS WHAT WOULD BE THE USE SO CALLED DEVELOPMENT (IF THERE IS ANY BY YOUR BELOVED CONGRESS)WHEN YA WONT BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH YA OWN BELIEVES/RIGHTS/CULTURE in your country(NOW DONT BE NAIVE TO BELIEVE THAY YOU WILL GET EQUAL RIGHTS AS IF ONE GETS ANY IN AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY, infact you Hindus can’t live with dignity in your own country such as Kashmir or Hyderabad where u were refused to ring bells in the temple m threatened to be killed by 25 crore muzzles hehehe)
    P:S I will convert when such situation will come why would I bear for stupid HINDUS hehehe

  • priyadarshi

    one should understand why person abandon his religion? look into Hindu religion and you will find answers.
    SC and ST’s about to convert to Buddhism. Buddhism is not a creed or part of Hindu religion. Sikh are different than them. change the attitude and behavior towards your brothers otherwise day will come when Hindu religion may become past.

    • Vikram

      true, Hinduism is still discriminatory in practise & obsessed with obscure rites in some parts…which alienates some sections. We need to fix these issues & rebuild Hindu faith into the same life elevating & guiding force it once was.

    • Very Good HK

      Tough I’m not saying that casteism is not bad but this is only a lie. Because people are also converted from other religions as well. In 2001 census Punjab was the only North India state to have more than 1% Christian population. Why? These people just create excuses but the real purpose is to proselytise somehow. Yes Hindus should strive towards removing discrimination but that is nto the reason why people convert specially these days when there are so many laws to protect SC/ST rights.

  • Sumit Sethi

    Bhai abhi to jahaz nahi dooba na? to usse doobne hi kyu dete ho? Sambhalte kyu nahi? Jab kissi ko samjhao to log bolte hai. tu ch…ya hai HINDU MUSLIM BHAI BHAI. Why would I bear for them if they dont wanna accept the truth? BTW I said it in anger.

    • Jagdish Kumar

      Mae Sumit Bhai k saath hu, unhone asliyat bayaan ki hae. Jaago Hindu Jaago

  • Rakesh

    This web site is misguiding.. India should be safe in the hands of national interest leaders and not communal minded and barbaric BJP

  • uday

    True Hinduism and so called Hindus are miles apart… Hinduism is an idea of leading a simple free fearless life with or without the concept of god…From its roots it never felt to protect itself unlike its counterparts….and so In Next 500 years it might become history…

  • Dr.Raj

    last 10 years of con party rule, there have been too many conversions of Hindus to soul selling religion. And this is the sole reason as to why con party is not willing to give that information out.

    • Very Good HK

      My thoughts too. While we only look at Muslim population growth, the real danger is neglected. These converted dogs are real threat to this country and religion than even Muslims. Successive censuses say Christians are only around 2.5% of the population but actual figure could be around 4-5%. In many areas converted dogs are told to ay they are Hindu to keep getting benefits of reservations.

  • Rupam Das

    Our religion Sanatan Dharma means the eternal religion.

  • Rupam Das

    Our religion Sanatan Dharma means the eternal religion. Now matter how much people try to harm Hindu faith, this faith will grow stronger n stronger. God have saved our faith from barbarians from time to time.
    Just look into our glorious Hindu Indian history n compare it with that other religions.
    When the 1st followers of Mahammad conquered Arabia, they transform entire Arabia into an Islamic state within 1 year.
    When Arab Muslims conquered Babylon they transformed the entire state into an islamic state called Iraq within 15 years.
    When the Muslims conquered Persia, they successfully transformed it into an islamic state called Iran within 17 years.
    When the Christians conquered Europe, they transformed entire Europe into Christian territory within 50 years.
    When Christians conquered North America n South America they transformed the entire continents into Christian territory within decades.
    But India is the only land in this world were Muslims have ruled for 800 years n Christians have rulled for 200 years, but still today 83% of India is Hindu. This is hard to fathom after looking at the history of Europe, Iraq, Iran n the America. The sensible explanation for the over-whelming majority of Hindus in India after 1000 year foreign rule could be “The Power of Belief”.
    Many British intellectuals of the 19th century had said that Indians could never be enslaved only becouse of their Hindu faith. The morals of the Vedas have enabled us to deter is islamic aggression for hundreds of years. It’s GOD’s will that after 1000 years of slavery, Hindu Indian is a growing superpower today, while islamic Pakistan n Bangladesh are cesspit which prouduce nothing but terrorists.

  • Mohammad Altaf

    Very True, I wanted to back in great religion Hinduism. I studied and learned that my ancestors were Hindus, so I wanted to convert again to Hinduism from Islam. Please help!

  • Lord Vikrant

    What sword of Muslims and Christians could not do in the past,secularism will surely acheive that one day. Secularism will be the sole reason for downfall of Hindu religion in India and Hindus will be wiped out or will be of same state as Parsis by year 2100.

  • Vikram

    please start following the tenets of Hinduism in your daily life – good actions, words, & thoughts will improve your karma and lead to moksha (enlightenment) in this or a future life. Read the Gita, practise yoga & pranayama to control mind & body. Visit nearest temple to learn how Hinduism teaches respect for each communities deity..and how all true spiritual paths lead to the same end goal. Raise your voice against the social ills like caste discrimination, female infanticide, harmful superstition, dowry etc that have crept into Hindu society…but learn to distinguish that from the Dharmic core of our spiritual heritage. Lo & behold – you will be a Hindu.

  • Very Good HK

    We can’t keep living in fool’s paradise. Yes it is true that evil sand cults could not convert India to their hate ideologies but Hindu population is on the decline and if something drastic is not done the trend will go on. India needs to implement measures to reduce both Muslim and Christian popualtion.

  • Raja Sarkar

    you may contact with any of the followings by searching their contacts in the internet :
    Brahmo Samaj
    Arya Samaj
    Neo-Vedanta
    Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

    Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)

    Bramho Samaj was the first to be established, then Arya samaj …
    if u r from Gujarat, you’ll get another option as
    Swaminarayan Hinduism

  • Vijay

    The way Christ was born to virgin Marry. she could be Christ in new avtar.

  • Atheist

    Everyone should be Atheist!

  • bigben

    Muslims are like “Smith” in the Matrix movie trilogy.

  • Janardhanan

    You people have been discussing about our past culture and glory. I am from Kerala and here it was not very long before the low caste Hindu girls were not allowed to cover their breast in front of Brahmins, low caste Hindus were forbidden to go even to the premises of Hindu temples, they had to walk at least 16 feet away from their way if they accidentally saw a higher caste person, melted alum was poured into their ears if they had incidentally heard sankrit slogans. these things are not myth or rumours, but facts. Nair community was the only people who could mingle with the true Brahmins but even their ladies had to kept chest baren in front of high class Namboodiris. One old Nair granny herself told this. So whenever my sanghi friends boast about Hindu culture I often wonder what stupid culture we had. In reality Muslims and Christians together contribute half of the kerala population. People converted to these religion when the untouchability and atrocities became unbearable. They found equality in these religions. So the culprits are actually Hindus only. I used to attend RSS shakhas but I quit, unification of Hindus is good but not by showing a bogus enemy (MUSLIMS ).
    Hinduism need to be liberated from the clutches of sanghi hands other wise it would leads to disintegration of true Hindu sanadana culture. We can not unite in the name of hatredness and what has been prevailing now is not the true glory of Hinduism, its not the true spirituality and tolerance rather an evil spirit propagated by few hooligans for mere political reasons.

  • guest

    this is infact alarming and very evident… hindus are themselves responsible for thir misery. it is not that minorities are favorites of almost all political parties in india for any reason other then that they are one cohesive unit and vote enblock as one. the day all hindus unite and vote as one community i can bet all parties will abandon minorities and be after them (it is common sense they just want to be in power and unfortunately to them it does not matter how and at what cost). so friends two things – forget all caste barriers, treat all hindus as brothers/sisters irrespective of caste- best will be promote intercaste marriages to instill confidence and remove barriers of caste from hindu society for ever. other is to procreate at a faster rate or ask/pressurise govt to bring is mandatory population control for … as they have already grown at explosive rates in last few decades.

  • vinsin

    In kerala converison was forced on people :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mappila_riots

    Anyway Kerala will not be part of India after 2040.

  • jemblue

    Not true. If you read the Christian Bible, Jesus’ message is clearly peaceful. Some Christians have distorted the message, yes, but they are not being true to the faith in doing so.

  • bharat

    please contact your nearby RSS or VHP man

  • bharat

    please contact your nearby RSS or VHP man

  • Sayyed Sajjad Mohsin Zaidi

    keral and kashmeer is the part of india and remain part of india until world finish understand?

  • AP

    Mohsin, thank you for letting the idiot know the truth.

  • dhali

    Raj Ready ji use proper languages dont hate any one. religion dont teach to hate others or abuse them. and you have the liberty to expand your religion by doing good work for humans. Dont blame others due to weakness in ours and go ahead to spread your religion with preaching

  • Ankur Yadav

    You have not questioned this issue since BJP is in power…. May i know why?…. or hiding census facts was only relevnt when congress was in power?…. this seems to be more BJP biased attitude than a PRO nationalist ( which NITI is supposed to be….)

  • Ankur Yadav

    You have not questioned this issue since BJP is in power…. May i know why?…. or hiding census facts was only relevnt when congress was in power?…. this seems to be more BJP biased attitude than a PRO nationalist ( which NITI is supposed to be….)




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