With an increase of 24 percent from 2001 to 2011, Muslim population in India grew more than 6 percent compared to the national average of 18 percent.
However, Muslims constitute merely 14.2 percent of the country’s total population, and it may not be possible for the religious minority to outnumber Hindus ever. The final figures will be released officially later, said PTI.
While Jammu and Kashmir is the only state with highest Muslim population with 68.3 percent, followed by Assam with 34.2 percent, West Bengal with 27 percent, according to the census available on religious groups.
Assam leads the list of most dramatic growth of Muslim population in 2001 to 2011 with 30.9%, probably due to the problem of illegal immigration from Bangladesh. Otherwise, traditional states which had sizeable Muslim population have showm marginal increase.
Kerala’s Muslim population went up from 24.7 percent to 26.6 per cent in 2001 to 2011, Goa from 6.8 percent to 8.4 percent, Jammu and Kashmir from 67 percent to 68.3 percent, Haryana from 5.8 percent to 7 percent and Delhi from 11.7 percent to 12.9 percent.
Even West Bengal iwth a considerable Muslim population registered a growth from 25.2 percent to 27 percent and Uttarakhand witnessed a rise from 11.9 percent to 13.9 percent.
The only state where the Muslim population declined in the last census decade was in Manipur where it registerred a marginal decline from 8.8 percent to 8.4 percent.
Uttarakhand has also seen rise in the share of Muslim population from 11.9 percent to 13.9 percent, a growth of 2 percentage points, between 2001 and 2011.