The long-delayed Census 2011 data on religion could be out soon.
According to the 2001 Census report, “populations of all major religions have experienced large growth in the recent past, but growth among Muslims has been higher than average”.
Sachar report noted that between 1961 and 2001, the share of Muslims in the population of India had risen from 10.7 % to 13.4 %, and estimated that the share of Muslims in the population could be between 18 % and 21 % by 2101.
Report also noted that Muslims have a larger share in the younger age groups. In 2001, 51.9 % of Muslim males and 51.2 % of Muslim females were 19 years old or younger, a larger share than the all-religions mean of 45.6 % for males and 44.3 % for females in the same age group.