Tamilnadu becomes second largest Christian population among big Indian States

June 16, 2016 by  
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Tamil Nadu, June 15, 2016: The share of Christians in the Tamil Nadu population has been growing since 1951, when it was at 4.7 percent.4.4 million Christians in Tamil Nadu, which is 6.12 percent of the state’s 72.12 million people.Tamil Nadu is second only to Kerala in terms of Christian population. While Tamil Nadu has 4.4 million Christians in Kerala has 6.1 million.These two southernmost states of India thus accommodate more than 10 million of the total 28 million Christians in the country,

Tamil Nadu has more Christians than Muslims and Tamil Christians constitute around 15 per cent of the total Christian population in the country, says an analysis of the census data published in the site of Center for Policy Studies.

As per the 2011 census, there were 4.4 million Christians in Tamil Nadu, which is 6.12 percent of the state’s 72.12 million people. Muslims in the state are only 5.8 percent or 4.1 million of the Tamil population.

Tamil Nadu is second only to Kerala in terms of Christian population. While Tamil Nadu has 4.4 million Christians in Kerala has 6.1 million. These two southernmost states of India thus accommodate more than 10 million of the total 28 million Christians in the country, shows the analysis.

The share of Christians in the total population (6.1 percent) is also the second highest among the large states of India, though the proportion of Christians is higher in some of the smaller states and union territories, including some in the northeast, it said.

The share of Christians in the Tamil Nadu population has been growing since 1951, when it was at 4.7 percent

Christians in Tamil Nadu are concentrated in several pockets spread across the state. These include a pocket around Chennai city in the north; another comprising parts of Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli and Dindigul in the middle; the Nilgiris and parts of Coimbatore in the west; Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram in the southeast; and, Tirunelveli, Thoothukkudi and Kanyakumari in the south.

Of the pockets of high Christian concentration, the most intense is that around Kanyakumari. Christian numbers in Kanyakumari district have grown steadily for several decades and increased by more than 16 percentage points between 1921 and 2001. Christians now form a near majority in the district with a share of 46.9 percent, the analysis said.

The northern pocket around Chennai city has also been witnessing considerable growth of Christians. In the composite Chengalpattu district, which has been divided into the two districts of Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram that surround Chennai, the share of Christians has risen from 2.2 percent in 1951 to 6.4 percent. Chengalpattu saw major spurts in its Christian population during 1961-71 and 1991-2001.

The presence of Christians and Muslims in Tamil Nadu, like in Kerala, has historical antecedents. But, much of the growth in their presence in Tamil Nadu, as also in Kerala, seems to have occurred during the British period and in the period of Independent India.

– persecution.in

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