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Muslim population in India grows 24%, down 5% than previous decade
Friday January 23, 2015 0:08 AM, Agencies

The latest census data on the population of religious groups shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the community's share of total population rising from 13.4% to 14.2% over the 10-year period.

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While the growth rate of the Muslim population has slowed from around 29% between 1991 and 2001, it is still higher than the national average of 18% for the decade.

The most rapid rise in the share of Muslims in the total population was witnessed in Assam. Muslims constituted 30.9% of the state's population in 2001 and it has risen to 34.2% a decade later. Assam has been facing the problem of illegal immigration from Bangladesh for last three decades.

Manipur is the only state where the percentage of Muslim population has decreased -- from 8.8% to 8.4%.

West Bengal has also seen a rise in Muslim population from 25.2% in 2001 to 27% in 2011. It is a growth of 1.8 percentage points, more that double the national average for Muslim population (0.8%).

Uttarakhand has also seen rise in the share of Muslim population from 11.9% to 13.9%, a growth of 2 percentage points, between 2001 and 2011.

Other states with a significant rise in the share of Muslims in the total population as per the 2011 census were Kerala (from 24.7% to 26.6%), Goa (6.8% to 8.4%), Jammu and Kashmir (67% to 68.3%), Haryana (5.8% to 7%) and Delhi (11.7% to 12.9%).

The data, published by few local media houses Thursday, is yet to be released officially.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Wednesday said religion-based census data will be released at an "appropriate time".

"The religion-based census data will be released at an appropriate time," he told reporters. "If its been prepared, it will be released."

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