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#Census2011: Muslim population growing faster than Hindus; Twitter jokes follow

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:55 IST

The Registrar General and Census Commissioner on 25 August released the data on Indian population divide based on religion.

According to the data from Census 2011, Hindu population now stands at 79.8% which is a total of 96.63 crore, and Muslim population comprises 14.2% with a 17.22 crore population.

The hullabaloo that has followed the release of this data is because while Hindu population is still undoubted majority, the proportion of Hindus in total population has fallen by 0.7 per cent, and Muslims have seen a rise by 0.8 per cent.

This, of course, led to Twitter bursting with reactions on why India's majority religious group has fallen below the 80% mark.

1. Those who question the timing

2. Those who are still hating on liberals

3. Those who invoke Sakshi Maharaj/Sadhvi Prachi

4. Those who don't subscribe to a religion

Long story short, Hindus or Muslims, Indian population is still growing. Perhaps that should be the focus?

Here's the data on other religious groups:

Christian 2.78 crores (2.3%); Sikh 2.08 crores (1.7%); Buddhist 0.84 crores (0.7%); Jain 0.45 crores (0.4%), Other Religions & Persuasions (ORP) 0.79 crores (0.7%) and Religion Not Stated 0.29 crores (0.2%).

The proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 per cent and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 per cent. Also, there has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains.

First published: 25 August 2015, 9:34 IST