Why is Census 2011 silent on religious data?

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    Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde released the Primary Census Abstract-Data Highlights of Census 2011 in a function organised by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, in New Delhi on April 30, 2013.

    The report titled Primary Census Abstract-Data Highlights of Census 2011, might have been eagerly awaited and much publicised event till a decade ago. But the proliferation of Internet has ensured that figures were no longer best kept secret. Technological improvements have reduced the time lag between data capture and presentation. The Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs has already been uploading provisional data online over the last one year. In fact, a more detailed report in two parts, i.e., Provisional Population Totals Paper 1 of 2011 and Provisional Population Totals Paper 2 (Vol-I & II) of 2011 is already available on the net for free. These in print editions are priced Rs 700 together as a tribute to their bulk.

    The provisional totals have all the imprints of final Census. It contains processed data on child population, gender composition, child sex ratio, state of literacy and density of population. We even have a high-resolution categories like rural vs urban distribution of child population, number of literates and literacy rate by sex and residence.

    However, one wonders what happened to the religion-wise data. Information on religion was duly collected in Column 7 of the Census 2011 Household Schedule. But both the Provisional Population Totals and Primary Census Abstract are silent on religious data. When the results in rarefied categories like number of literates and literacy rate by sex and residence could be arrived at, would it have been difficult to tell how many Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists are in India. Nor would it have been difficult to determine the decadal population growth rate of respective communities. The hindrance was possibly not technological but political.

    Religious headcount is being undertaken since the first Census of India (1871-72). But it is a highly sensitive category when it comes to the announcing the results. Muslim population tends to increase faster than the rest of the population. In 1909, Colonel UN Mukherji had written a pamphlet Hindus: A Dying Race. His projections were based on the study of three consecutive censuses 1881, 1891 and 1901. It revealed how Hindu demographic share was declining with every passing decade. Colonel Mukherji met Swami Shraddhanand of Arya Samaj at Calcutta in 1911. His statistical and analytical study prompted Swami Shraddhanand to formulate Shuddhi and Sangathan. It was a project to bring back converted Indians into their native Hindu fold.

    The political sensitiveness of the subject can be understood from the huff around the release First Report On Religion (Census 2001) in 2005, which reveals that contrary to overall population trend, growth rate of Muslim population has increased. The decadal growth rate of the Muslims was around 36 percent which was up from 30 per cent between 1981 and 1991 respectively. The Hindu growth rate had fallen to 20 per cent to from 23 per cent in the same corresponding period.

    The then Home Minister Shivraj Patil compelled the then Census Commissioner Jayant Kumar Banthia, IAS to ‘adjust’ the figures. Patil’s borrowed argument was that decadal growth could not be determined because there was no Census in Assam in 1981 and J&K in 1991 due to insurgency. Banthia, unwilling to bend, juxtaposed both the adjusted and unadjusted figures on the first page.

    The Hindu population pegged at 80.5 per cent in Census 2001 is likely to have fallen below 80 per cent in 2011. In parts of India like West Bengal and Assam, the Muslim population might have crossed one-third threshold. The UPA Government is likely to delay this damning revelation as much as possible. Especially, in an election year they feel the BJP will take advantage of the figures. But, I have my doubts about. The BJP will also downplay it for the fear to being branded ‘communal’. All political parties will like to live in denial of a disturbing reality as long as they can.

    But one can expect greater Muslim assertiveness soon as the religious data of Census 2011 is out. It bodes ill for all political parties of India led by Hindus whether they are secular or communal. Some liberal Hindus might advocate abolishing the religious data category in future Census operations. They made a similar plea last time also. But the reality does not disappear if one were to shut his eyes to it.

    Why is Census 2011 silent on religious data? | Niti Central
     
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    The chances are that this (religious) data will not be released untill next general elections.
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    What about caste data.I think first time too this data where collected

    And second thing if data is there can we have info through RTI
     
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    religious data of 2001 census was released in 2004 .

    going by the same yardstick religious data of 2011 census will be released in 2014 .
     
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    the question is---will growing muslim population lead to growing muslim arrogance ??
     
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    After 1931, India had first caste based census in 2011. This excercise was done after the data for 2011 had already been collected. So pls wait for few more months and we will have a pandora's box being opened.
     
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    True Census Figures:

    Muslims: 20%
    Christians: 6%
     
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    who does this reserch.
    pleas give us proff and logic with points how and why muslim
    in india should be 20% of population of india not 14.3-14.5% which is estimated by government
     
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    Acc to PEW muslims form 14.5 % of Indian Population.
     
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    @Decklander , when I said that upper castes will be reduced to nothing and their only influence will be on internet forums , i forgot to add the words ' like myself ' .

    i meant to say ' upper castes like myself will be reduced to nothing and their only influence will be on internet forums. '

    i do not even know your caste so i was not meaning to say that you will be reduced to anything .

    of course , i stand by what i said because i fear that it is the truth . of course , i will be very happy if the opposite turns out to be true .
     
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    I feel this religious data will not be released until majority hindus will be less than 60% of the total population.
     
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    They will be 60 percent by 2031 at earliest.
     
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    How did you arrive at this.
     
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    It will not happen.

    not indulging in any air of superiority but let me tell you that when Alexander invaded Jalandhar region, he found brahmins and massacred thousands of them with a purpose to eliminate them, then came the savage greeks who repeated this in north west parts, this was followed by shakas, hunas and kushanas all horse archer groups from central asia,


    then came Qasim, ghazanavi, ghori,aibak, khilji, taimur, babur, nadir, abdali.


    if these brutal but formidable invaders could not wipe us out, what is chance of secularists who are just smug and can be handled with rather comfort.
     
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    Today, it is 70 percent and it is my guess that it will take 20 years to reduce it to 60 percent.

    I do not think hindus are 80 percent of indian population as muslims alone are 19-20 percent and christians 5 percent and rest 5 percent are buddhists, sikhs, jains and seculars ( the seculars also are in millions ).


    Rafeeq zakaria had predicted muslim will be 16.83 by 2001 in 1997 and so i think my figure of 20 percent muslims is not off the mark .
     
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    People think that Islam has always been second largest religion.

    well, in 1870 they were 190 millions as compared to 200 million hindus.

    today the hindus are 800-900 millions ( at most ) but muslims in world are 1500 millions.


    the future is clear .
     
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    Get married @ashdoc and have 2 kids ... :D
     
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