Kerala Demographics : The Siege Within
By AIF Staff
The events in Assam are reverberating across the country. Assam has been struck by strife between the tribal population and the (illegal) Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh. Assam’s Muslim population has grown by a whopping 77 percent since 1971; (pseudo)-secularists have been trying to refute what’s common sense – this strife is directly related to increase in Muslim population over the last few decades in the district of Kokrajhar. HS Brahma, the current election commissioner has dissected the reasons and laid bare all the facts related to the crisis here. The essential question which, perhaps every right-thinking Indian might have(and which our media barons are loathe to discuss for the sake of being politically correct)
- Are strife and riots waiting to happen as entire regions and districts turn into Muslim majority? What impact does this demographic change have on our nation and its spiritual, plural character? Arise India Forum invites to you weigh in your opinions on this contentious issue.
As part of its series to make Indians aware of the dangers of demographic changes happening right now, Arise India will be publishing series of articles on how this changes are taking place in different regions of India, and the consequent incidents which are reflecting it…First in series is article on Kerala – ‘God’s own Land’ which is all set to lose its Hindu majority.Article excerpts are from Businessline, first published here
The barbaric act of chopping off the hand of a college lecturer in Kerala, whom Islamic fanatics had been accusing of insulting the Prophet in a question he had set for the internal examination of B.Com students, has sent shock waves throughout the country. The brutal incident has since been traced to some members of the Popular Front of India (PFI), said to be a fringe radical Islamic outfit, which, as per pamphlets seized from its office during the probe into the crime, entertains hopes of installing Islamic rule in India.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, has, in a media meet at Delhi at the time of the National Development Council meeting, expressed his fears, purportedly based on evidence uncovered by the police, that the PFI was hatching a plot aimed at Islamisation of Kerala and that “In 20 years, India and Kerala will become a Muslim-dominated region. Youngsters are being given money and lured to convert to Islam, marry Muslim women and then give birth to Muslim children so that they can multiply.”
All for ‘love’
This is reminiscent of the observations of the Kerala High Court on December 9 last year in a case against ‘love jihad’ (conversions of girls from other religions to Islam after enticing them to marry Muslim boys) that there were indications of as many as 3,000-4,000 ‘forceful’ religious conversions in Kerala in the last four years under the guise of ‘love’, and the government should consider enacting a law to prohibit such ‘deceptive’ acts.
To what extent do demographic trends in Kerala bear out the possibility of Muslim domination? From what I have gathered from the studies of noted demographers such as Mr P.N. Mari Bhat and Mr A. Francis Xavier, and from the book, Religious Demography of India, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai, India’s Muslim population will keep increasing by one percentage point each decade and its share will rise from 13.4 per cent of the total population in 2001 to 17.3 per cent by 2050.
For the sub-continent as a whole comprising India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the proportion of Muslims is projected to increase from 30 per cent as of now to 50 per cent around 2060.
As regards Kerala, in the last 100 years, the population of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists has been declining by 1.2 per cent every decade resulting in a steep fall from 69 per cent of the total population in 1901 to 56 per cent in 2001.
During the first half of the 20th century, the Christian share in the population had increased from 14 per cent to 21 per cent. In the post-Independence era, the percentage of Muslims in the State as a whole has gone up from 17.5 to 25.
The trends pertaining to specific regions of Kerala are equally interesting. In the Malappuram district, in the period from 1951 to 2001, the increase in the Muslim share in the total population has been by 14 percentage points, from 54.3 to 68 per cent.
In the entire Malabar region, comprising Kasargod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Palakkad, the non-Islamic, non-Christian section of the population has dropped from 65.3 per cent of the total in 1951 to a near minority level of 52.7 per cent in 2001.
In the same period, the Muslim share in the region has gone up from 31.4 per cent to 41.1 per cent and the Christian share has also risen significantly from 3.3 per cent to 6.2 per cent.
I am convinced that the trends I have set out are not part of any design on any particular community’s part to overturn India’s religious demography in its favour. Even so, they bear watching…
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