Opinion: D. C. Nath (President, Patriot’s Forum) – Census Data Of 2011 On Religious Break-up of Indian Population

DC Nath SmallPresident of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…


January 23, 2015

Dear Friends,


Subject: Census Data Of 2011 On Religious Break-up of Indian Population


We have been keenly awaiting the above information. Now, “The Times Of India” of January 22, 2015, has come out with a piece of significant (but highly doubtful) piece of information that the Muslim population in India has grown @24 percent. That is lower than its decadal growth between 2001 and 2011 though higher than the average national growth rate, which stands at 18 percent. And, this time, there is no indication yet that the figures indicated is minus the population of the two important States of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir as happened in 2001. That ought to make a huge difference.

For those familiar with the Census figures of 2001, the growth rate of the Muslim population then was.


The decadal growth rate as per Census 2001 was:


1991 2001

Hindus 23% 20%

Muslims 34.5% 36% *



* This figure has since been shown as, brought down to 29% by omitting 3.6 crore Indians living in two sensitive States of Assam and Jammu & Kashmir. The deletion of this big chunk of population was done with retrospective effect from 1961 onwards. No other country has ever done this.


More potential danger lay in the statement 7 of the Census 2001 (Religion Data Report, page (x1ii) that records the percentage of 0-6 years old Muslim cohorts (a term used in demographic parlance to denote the future reproductive trend) was higher than Hindu cohorts by 21 percent. (Comment: To this may be added nearly 25% lower acceptance of family planning among Muslims). This indicated that anytime between 2011 and 2016, that 6 years old cohorts have reached the reproductive age. The consequence could be well imagined. In 2001 Census, the Muslim cohorts was higher than that of Hindu cohorts in 31 of the 35 States and Union Territories of India.


Let us also recall the figures published in the year book of the Encyclopaedia Britannica of 2013 (quoted by us verbatim) in our circulatory mail several times.We reproduce those figures here:


The Encyclopedia Britannica Year Books of 2007 and 2013, records:



Population of India (as in 2000):- 1119538000

Religious affiliation (as in 2000):- Hindu 73.77%; Muslim 11.96%; Christian 6.08%; Sikh 2.16%.



Population of India (as in 2012):- 1235004000

Religious affiliation (as in 2000):- Hindu 72.04%; Muslim 12.26%; Christian 6.81%; Sikh 1.87%.



The above figures, as by tradition are given with the name of the author. We had brought this to the notice of the Union Home Minister and the Registrar General of Census, drawing special attention to the fact that those figures in the usually reliable Encyclopaedia were going unchallenged.

Given this situation, we find it difficult to accept the figures, as published in “The Times Of India”, referred to above.

Lest there be any unintentional goof-up in the matter, giving rise to any unwanted and avoidable complications, we are requesting the same two authorities to have a relook at the matter. The issue has been delayed. Some more delay, if unavoidable, may be desirable than serious complications arising later.

Well, friends, if some of would agree with us, you may also consider taking this up in your own and better way.

Thanking you and with regards,



Your sevak,

D.C. Nath

(Former Spl. Director, IB)

(President, Patriots’ Forum)

Source: Patriot Forum

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