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Muslims multiplying at high rate: Census

September 06, 2004 18:48 IST
Last Updated: September 06, 2004 20:40 IST

A census report on religion shows that the Muslim population in the country grew at the rate of 36% between 1991 and 2001.

The Hindu rate of growth was 20.3% in the same period. During 1981-91 the figure was 25.1%.

The Muslim growth rate in the previous decade was 34.5%, according to 'The First Report on Religion'.

Census Commissioner J K Banthia released the report, prepared by the office of the registrar general and census commissioner, in New Delhi on Monday.

He presented a copy to Tarlochan Singh, chairman, Minorities Commission.

At 82.7 crore, Hindus constitute 80.5% of India's population of 102.8 crore.

There are 13.8 crore Muslims, comprising 13.4% of the population, the report said.

"Low literacy rate and low participation in work among the Muslim females were some of the reasons for the high growth," Banthia said after releasing the report.

He said among Buddhists also there had been a "sizeable decline" in the growth rate from 35.3% during 1981-91 to only 24.5% during 1991-2001.

Though there was a slight increase in the growth rate of Christians -- 21.5% to 22.6%, there was "noticeable decline" of Sikh growth rate -- 24.3% to 18.2%.

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Sub: Oh Secular State! Ask Muslims to slow down

Oh Secular State... Please ask the Muslims to slow down on reproduction. It will only help the community come out of poverty and help India ...

Posted by Shashank

Sub: Less Education and No job

This is the result of ignorance in muslims. A huge number of people are left ignorant and never goto school. Govt has never planned anything ...

Posted by taher

Sub: Not a complete report..

Why you guys are so much against muslim that you don't even bother to give the complete picture. The reson for the high growth rate ...

Posted by Anwar

Sub: Another partition?

Muslims have been unifocal in placing religion before nationhood as seen even in the most ideal countries as US and UK.The moment their strength becomes ...

Posted by Danny Screwala

Sub: Where will this lead to?

Imagine the State at Compounded Annual Growth Rate(CAGR) by last few years' standards . Where will this lead to after 50 years?

Posted by Thinker


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