New Delhi: Muslims recorded the fastest population growth between the years 2001 and 2011 among all communities, shows the Census data on population by religious communities released on Tuesday.
As per the data, Muslims recorded a decadal growth rate of 24.6 percent between 2001 and 2011 and their population touched 17.22 crores. Hindus, on the other hand, grew at 16.8 percent with their population touching 96.63 crores during the same period.
As per the Census data, the overall growth rate of population during 2001-2011 was 17.7 percent.
As per the Census data, the proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 percentage point (PP) in 2011.
On the other hand, the proportion of Hindu population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 PP.
The growth rate of population of different religious communities in the same period was as Hindus: 16.8 percent; Muslim: 24.6 percent; Christian: 15.5 percent; Sikh: 8.4 percent; Buddhist: 6.1 percent and Jain: 5.4 percent.
As per the 2001 Census, India's total population was 102 crores of which Hindu population comprised 82.75 crore (80.45 percent) and Muslims were 13.8 crore (13.4 percent).