By PRATUL SHARMA
Published: 24th Apr 2016 04:18:14 AM
NEW DELHI: A religious census by an RSS-inclined think-tank has found a rise in the population falling in the Religion Not Stated (RNS) category. While the RNS population was 4 lakh in 1991, it went up to 7 lakh in 2001. In 2011, it abruptly rose to nearly 29 lakh, meaning that one person in every 400 has been counted under this category.
The rise in their numbers has been particularly marked in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab. RNS, however, have unique attributes: Apart from higher level of literacy, female literacy and urbanisation than the average in India, they even have higher fertility rates.
If the RSS expressed concerns over the ‘demographic imbalances’ in Assam, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh over the increase in population of Muslims and Christians, the study by the Centre for Political Studies found that ‘demographic balance’ is being restored in Bihar and Jharkhand.