Aug 26 2015 : The Times of India (Chennai)
1 in 2 Christians lives in five southern states
Kerala Home To 22%, TN Has Nearly 16% Christians
Nearly half of the country's Christian popula ion lives in south India, shows he Census 2011 data released on Tuesday . The five southern states Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana account for 1.28 crore (46%) of India's 2.78 crore-strong Christian community .With seven northeastern states accounting for 28.1% of he Christian population and Goa for another 1.3%, the rest of the country is home to less han 25% of the total Chris ians in the country . The share of Christians in the total population has, however, dipped slightly from 2.34% in 2001 to 2.29% in 2011.
Kerala alone is home to 22.07% of the total Christians n the country , followed by Tamil Nadu with 15.88%. Hindus are the overwhelming majori y in the country , making up 79.8% of the population, but he south accounts for just 21.47% of the community in he country . The southern states also have for just 16.87% of the total number of Indian Muslims. Other communities ike Buddhist, Jains and Sikhs constitute only a minuscule portion of the population of he five states.
Analysts say there are many reasons why the Chris ian population is concentrated in the south. “The first apos le, St Thomas, arrived in Kerala and travelled to Tamil Nadu. Christians have always considered the southern states as their own and they are one with the culture of these states,“ said analyst Bernard Samy . A Christian in Tamil Nadu speaks the local language and has adopted the local culture, thereby living in harmony with all other religions, he said. Education also plays a major role in Christians making south their home, he said.
International population expert P Arokiasamy said there are historical reasons for high number of Christians in the south. “The presence of centuries-old Christian institutions in education and health sectors is a big factor.All the southern states have their share of centuries-old Christian institutions,“ said Arokiasamy .
The fall in share of Christians in the total population is attributed to fall in fertility rate. “The fertility rate of Christians started falling much earlier than other religions and thus the population growth is minimal or has declined in some parts of the country ,“ Arokiasamy said.
அவர்கள் அரசை ஏமாற்றுகிறார்களா? பரிசுத்த ஆவியை ஏமாற்றுகிறார்களா?
சர்ச்சில் உறுப்பினராக பதிவு கட்டாயம், எனவே இப்படி கிறிஸ்துவராயும் ஹிந்து பெயர்களை வைத்துக் கொண்டு இட ஒதுக்கீட்டை அனுபவிக்க திருட்டுத் தனம் செய்கின்றவர்களுக்கு உதவும் பாதிர்களை கைது செய்யலாம் எனச் சட்டம் வேண்டும்.
உமாசங்கர் ஐஏஎஸ், பாதிரியாக இருந்தாலும் ஹிந்து பெயர் வைத்துக் கொண்டால் யாரும் ஏது கேடக முடியாது என சவால் விட்டார். இது மாற வேண்டும்.
Except for Kerala, the Hindu population is above 80% in he other southern states.While in Tamil Nadu, 87.58% of the population consists of Hindus, it is 88.82% in Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana) and 83.99% in Karnataka.
n Kerala, Hindus constitute only 54.72% of the population and the next dominant community is Muslims, who make up 26.56% of the population.
Nearly 7.74% of the Mus im population of the country ives in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This is followed by Tamil Nadu, which is home to 6.53% of the Muslims in the country .
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