The Government released the 2011 Census data by religion a few days ago. Here is an infographic capturing that data. Leading the pack are Himachal Pradesh with 95% Hindus, Jammu & Kashmir with 68% Muslims & Nagaland with 88% Christians.
|Religion||Numbers (Per cent of the population)|
|Hindu||96.63 crore (79.8 %)|
|Muslim||17.22 crore (14.2%)|
|Christian||2.78 crore (2.3%)|
|Sikh||2.08 crore (1.7%)|
|Buddhist||0.84 crore (0.7%)|
|Jain||0.45 crore (0.4%)|
|Other Religions & Persuasions (ORP)||0.79 crore (0.7%)|
|Religion Not Stated||0.29 crore (0.2%)|
The growth rate of population in the decade 2001-2011 was 17.7%. The growth rate of population of the different religious communities in the same period was:
The Census data on religion comes after a significant delay; the 2001 Census data on religion was released in 2004 and the 2011 round results were expected in 2014. However, the numbers remained unreleased, even as a draft of the key data was selectively leaked earlier. The data comes in the backdrop of much fear-mongering over Muslims and their population, and RSS thinkers were quick to term the new data as proof of the end of Hindus, even while the numbers belie their claim.