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Hinduism in India

Indian Hindus

Regions with significant populations
Majority in all states except Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and parts of Northeast.
Indian languages · Indian English

Hinduism is a major religion of India, with 80.5% of the population identifying themselves as Hindu.[1] The vast majority of Hindus in India belong to Vaishnavite and Shaivite denominations.[2]

The Vedic culture originated in India between 2000 and 1500 BC.[3] As a consequence, Hinduism, considered to be the successor of Vedic religion,[4] has had a profound impact on India's history, culture and philosophy. The name India itself is derived from Greek Ἰνδία for Indus, which is derived from the Old Persian word Hindu, from Sanskrit Sindhu, the historic local appellation for the Indus River.[5] Another popular alternative name of India is Hindustān, meaning the "land of Hindus".[6] The Marathas of India have been famed in history as champions of Hinduism[7]


  • History 1
  • Reform movements 2
  • Hindu nationalism 3
  • Hindus population in India 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


Reform movements

In response to the high rate of forced conversions during the Muslim

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  16. ^ BJP eyes OBC votes in Uttar Pradesh
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See also

Region Hindus Total % Hindus
India 827,578,868 1,028,610,328 80.44%
Chhattisgarh 19,729,670 20,833,803 98.30%
Himachal Pradesh 5,800,222 6,077,900 96.43%
Odisha 34,726,129 36,804,660 95.35%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 206,203 220,490 95.52%
Madhya Pradesh 55,004,675 60,348,023 93.15%
Andhra Pradesh 45,065,454 49,386,799 91.25%
Daman and Diu 141,901 158,204 90.69%
Gujarat 45,143,074 50,671,017 90.09%
Rajasthan 50,151,452 56,507,188 88.75%
Haryana 18,655,925 21,144,564 88.53%
Tamil Nadu 54,985,079 62,405,679 88.11%
Puducherry 845,449 974,345 87.77%
Tripura 2,739,310 3,199,203 86.62%
Telangana 30,026,682 35,193,978 86%
Uttarakhand 7,212,260 8,489,349 85.96%
Karnataka 44,321,279 52,850,562 83.86%
Bihar 69,076,919 82,998,509 83.23%
Maharashtra 77,859,385 96,878,627 82.37%
Delhi 11,358,049 13,850,507 82.1%
Uttar Pradesh 133,979,263 166,197,921 81.61%
Chandigarh 707,978 900,635 80.61%
West Bengal 58,104,835 80,176,197 77.47%
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 246,589 356,152 70.24%
Jharkhand 18,475,681 26,945,829 69.57%
Goa 886,551 1,347,668 67.78%
Assam 17,296,455 26,655,528 64.89%
Sikkim 329,548 540,851 61.93%
Kerala 17,883,449 31,841,374 60.16%
Manipur 996,894 2,166,788 46.01%
Arunachal Pradesh 379,935 1,097,968 44.60%
Punjab 8,997,942 24,358,999 38.94%
Jammu and Kashmir 3,005,349 10,143,700 29.63%
Meghalaya 307,822 2,318,822 29.27%
Nagaland 153,162 1,990,036 9.70%
Lakshadweep 2,221 60,650 7.66%
Mizoram 31,562 888,573 6.58%

Hindus populations by Indian state: 2001 census[20]

[19][18][17][16][15][14]) comprises 9%.Adivasi) comprises 22% and Hindu Scheduled Tribes (Tribals/Dalits (Hindu Scheduled Castes comprises 43%, Other Backward Class comprises 26%, Hindu Forward caste Of the 1 billion Hindus in India, it is estimated that Hindu [13][12][11] has still not been published as of June 2014, through the provisional census data were published in 2012 itself.census of India in 2011. The religious population in this table are Hindu majority while the rest have Hindus in minority. For more detailed figures from 2001 census, see Tripura and Sikkim, Assam. However, when considered as a region the northeast still has a slight Hindu majority. Out of the seven states of Northeast India, only Hindus and union territories have an overwhelming majority of Indian states majority) and parts of Northeast (namely Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya), the other Muslim (Jammu and Kashmir majority), Sikh (Punjab is given below. Most drastic decrease in 1991-2001 period is observed in Manipur, from 57% to 52%, where there has been a resurgence of the indigenous Sanamahi religion. Except for [10]The Hindu population of India according to the official 2001 census
Hindus as percentage of total population in different states of India (Census 2001).[9]

Hindus population in India

Kerala, Andhra, and the Northeast of India are some of the regions where conversion is prevalent. In response to the activities of Christian missionaries in India, the hardline Hindu groups like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have aggressively started reconversion of converted Christians as well as Muslims back to Hinduism. The Hindus still form the majority community in most states and territories of the country. There is even reason to believe that Hinduism is growing through the incorporation of tribal belief-systems in specific areas of the northeast. However, in the Kashmir Valley, the Hindu population has plummeted as an outcome of the civil unrest when more than 500,000 members of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) were forced to leave the valley by Pakistani militants. Pakistan sponsored the militants attempt to overtake Kashmir from Indian rule in line with presumably the majority Muslim population's desire for independence, which was expressed at independence but overruled by the ruling Hindu Maharajah and the British during partition. In Punjab, the Sikhs form the majority population.

Christian missionary groups from the West seek to convert the populace, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu, to Christianity, often using external aid, education and medical care as an inducement or bribe, and thus have been at loggerheads with right wing Hindu groups.

The 1947 Partition of India gave rise to bloody rioting and indiscriminate inter-communal killing of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Around 7.5 million Muslims were forced out and left for West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now known as Bangladesh) and 7.2 million Hindus moved to India. This was a major factor in fueling Hindu-Muslim animosity. What followed over the years was the laying of secular principles in the Indian Constitution. The last 60 years have been seemingly peaceful in most parts of the country except with the notable exception of communal riots in 1992 and 2002 and the wars fought against Pakistan.

Others include: Syama Prasad Mookerjee, K.B. Hedgewar.

  1. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar - for the formation of Akhand Bharat
  2. Purushottam Das Tandon - promoted Hindi as the Official language of India

Hindu nationalism fuelled Indian nationalism following partition. Hindu nationalism was aggressively promoted by right wing Hindus like:

Hindu nationalism

Another reason could be like Buddhism, Hinduism is an ancient religion with well-established traditions that cut deeply into Indian daily life. Unlike indigenous American or African religions, which vary from tribe to tribe, these Indian religions spread across the vast entity that was the Indian subcontinent, generally accepted by a majority of Indian ethnic and tribal groups. Hindu civilisation had a long history on its own, with well developed scriptures and traditions. It would be much more difficult to convert members of a religion that was accredited with defining a civilisation than would be tribal peoples.

India saw Muslim and later European rule; yet the country remains dominated by Hindus. This religion varies from Monotheism, Polytheism, Pantheism, Atheism and other tendencies, so considering another conception of God another form or avatar of the ultimate reality or creator is certainly possible.

Tulsidas, Sant Kabeer Das, Raidas, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu etc. were pioneer of the bhakti movement for the social reformation. [8]

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