A majority of Indians are tolerant, enjoy religious freedom, value religious tolerance and believe that respect for all religions is central to the idea of India.
A recent report by the Pew Research Center, a Washington DC based nonpartisan think tank has found. The Pew study is based on a face-to-face survey of approx. 30,000 Indian adults between late 2019 and early 2020, weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world.
The Pew study also took a closer look at religious identity, nationalism and tolerance in Indian society. According to the Pew survey, people of all six major religious groups – Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists overwhelmingly believe they are very free to practice their faiths. The survey in India was conducted in 17 languages and covered nearly all the states and UTs.
Some Major Findings & Projections Of The Survey;
– 97 % of Indians believe in God and religion holds an important place for them. Cow is regarded as a sacred animal by Hindus in India.
– The survey reveals that around 74% of Muslims want access to their own religious courts for resolving matters to family and inheritance.
– That 66% of Hindus are against getting married in another religion. Apart from this, 78% Muslims, 36% Christians, 47.5% Sikhs, 45% Buddhists and 62.5% Jains are also against marrying in another religion.
– Diwali, the biggest festival of Hindus, apart from 95% Hindus in India, 20% Muslims, 31% Christians, 90% Sikhs, 79% Buddhists and 98% of Jains celebrate the festival showing the brotherhood among all religions in India.
Indians are Tolerant, enjoy religious freedom
– India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.
– Christians will remain the largest religious group but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion – if current trends continue. The number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.
– According to the study, by 2050, there will be near parity between Muslims (2.8 billion, or 30% of the population) and Christians (2.9 billion, or 31%), possibly for the first time in History!
Note– [Facts, figures & projections based on Pew study]