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Minorities thriving in India: EAC-PM paper – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A report by Economic Advisory Council to the PM has said that minorities are thriving in India, and not just protected, arguing that the share of the majority population has declined in the country between 1950 and 2015.A paper by Shamika Ravi, Abraham Jose and Apurv Kumar Mishra said the share of Hindus in the country’s population decreased 7.8% between 1950 and 2015 — from 84.7% to 78.1%.Without giving the absolute numbers, it argued that the share of Muslims increased over 43% — from 9.8% in 1950 to 14.1% in 2015.The paper titled ‘Share of Religious Minorities: A Cross-Country Analysis (1950-2015)’ also said the share of Jains decreased from 0.4% in 1950 to 0.3%.According to the paper, the share of Christians rose from 2.2% to 2.4%— an increase of 5.4% between 1950 and 201...