Monday, September 5, 2011

India's Muslim population above 200 million or 20 crores!

Map showing Muslim concentration in districts*
Is the population of Muslims in India over 200 million or 20 crores? The US government feels that the Indian Muslims account for more than 13.4% of the country's population.

Times of India report says that US authorities believe that there are many more Muslims in India than are officially stated and there population could be substantially higher than the figure which is generally reported.

The census 2001 suggested that India had 138 million Muslims. But a wikileaks cable revealed that American government feels that this figure may not be accurate and the numbers of Muslim could have been under-reported.

The report further says that Muslim population could be around 180 million or 18 crores in India. But given the fact that the census 2011 report is nearing, the Indian Muslims could now be accounting well over 200 million, as a decade has passed since the last census.

The estimated Muslim population on the basis of around 30% decennial increase in the community in India, takes the figure to230-240 million (23-24 crore) right now, which means that Indian Muslims easily outnumber Pakistani Muslims, and could also be more numerous than Muslims in Indonesia.

This could turn India into the country with the largest Muslim population. It is just a view and an estimate. The real picture will be known when the Census 2011 figures for religions and religious adherents are released in the coming months.

*The darker the colour, the higher is the percentage of Muslims in the particular district.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for creating this website.

    However we Indian Muslims know the gov't of India deliberately and intentionally under counts the minority population.

    It could be because of lack of resources, enumerators (census takers)don't go to remote villages, or simply as was recently published in an investigation the enumerators simply don't write down the religion if the respondent answers Islam. Of course this does not to the vast majority of enumerators are guilty of this, but even if it exists, its a problem and begs the question how do you prevent that fromh happening?

    One thing is undeniable though, discrimination against lower castes and Muslims in particular is institutionalized in many parts of India; including amongst elites, police, and some business leaders who go as far as deny the communal genocide of Gujarat and hail the criminal demagogue Narendra Modi as a "reformer."

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  2. at independence pakistan had 43 million muslim and at 3.067% avg annual growth rate has grown to 182 million
    in india at time of independence as british census had 47 million muslim which even if we consider pakistan's and indian rate same, which ofcourse is not the case it comes to 182 million and add to it 20 million bangladeshi refugee it comes to 200 million at maximum
    now where cones data of 240 million??????

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    1. Everybody, specially, our middle class Hindu Brethren keep harping on "Bangladeshi". Is there some thing wrong in being "Bangladeshi"? They probably are somewhat poor, but do have a rich culture and the River Meghna has a very good variety of fish! Those who are blessed with a good life in India, should share their joy & happiness with less fortunate neighbors! who knows the wheels of fortune may reverse and Indians may become paupers and tomorrow may have to be on their doors for favors! Just a thought!

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    2. As per you 40 million they turn to islam dear

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