Religion-based census: Moderate decline in Hindu population, Muslims grow marginally


The government on Tuesday released religion based census data from 2011.

The population of India stood at 121.09 crore, with the data indicating moderate decline  in population for Hindus and a marginal increase in Muslims’ population.

Muslims’ population grew by 0.8 percent to touch 17.22 crore between 2001 and 2011, while after a 0.7 percent decline, Hindus’ population stood at 96.63 crore during the period, the census data said


Hindus formed 79.8% of the total population, while Muslims constituted 14.2% of total population with other minority groups such as Sikhs and Buddhists showing small decline in population share with 1.7% and 0.7% respectively.  Jain(0.4%) and Christian(2.3%) population has remained stable.
Overall the country’s population grew by 17.7 percent to 102 crore in 2011.