India’s Hindu population drop 80 percent below
Aug.26, New Delhi: India’s Hindu populations have dropped below 80 percent of the population for the first time since independence, according to the Census 2011 data.
The Census 2011 data on Population by Religious Communities, released by the Registrar General of India on Tuesday, showed that the percentage of Hindus dipped by 0.7 percent in the decade 2001 to 2011, pulling it for the first time below 80 percent.
Hindus now constitute 79.8 percent of the country’s total population. Muslims, India’s largest minority group, now make up 14.2 percent of the country, up from 13.4 percent in 2001.
The number of Christian put at 2.3 percent, while the Sikh population fell to 1.7 percent from 1.9 percent.
The Oslo Times