Monday, 28 December 2015

Ffirst timeIndian Census included a “non-faith” category

Map showing the prevalence of Abrahamic (pink)...
Map showing the prevalence of Abrahamic (pink) and Dharmic religions (yellow) in each country. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are about 2.87 million people in India who do not subscribe to any religion. In a country that has given birth to some of the world’s major religions, that’s 0.24 percent of the total population of 1.2 billion, as per the latest estimate given by the 2011 Indian Census. This is the first time that the Indian Census has included a “non-faith” category.

Interestingly, a majority (about 57 percent) of those who told census officials that they do not have faith in any organized religion belong to the country’s rural areas. A much higher percentage of women appear to have no faith in religion. According to latest estimates, there are 940 women for every 1000 men in India.
 — Huffington Post, 8/31/2015

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