Christianization of India

[updated 2017]

North-East (The Seven Sister States)

  • Nagaland – 87.9% Christianity, 8.8% Hinduism, 2.5% Islam
  • Mizoram – 87.2% Christianity, 8.5% Buddhism, 2.75% Hindu, 1.4% Islam
  • Meghalaya – 74.6% Christianity, 11.5% Hinduism, 8.7% Tribal Religions, 4.4% Islam
  • Manipur – 41.3% Christianity, 41.4% Hindu, 8.2% Sanamahism (decoupled from Hindu culture at large and given a separate identity), 8.4% Islam
  • Arunachal Pradesh – 30.3% Christianity, 29% Hinduism, 26.2% Donyi-Polo, 11.8% Tibetan Buddhism, 1.9% Islam
  • Tripura – 4.4% Christianity, 83.4% Hinduism, 8.6% Islam, 3.4% Buddhism
  • Assam – 3.7% Christianity, 61.5% Hinduism, 34.2% Islam

States with more than 3% Christians

In addition the above North-East states, the following are the states having greater than or equal to roughly 3% Christian population (all the other states have under 2% Christians on the average).

  • Goa – 26.5% Christianity, 66% Hinduism, 8.3% Islam
  • Kerala – 18.4% Christianity, 54.7% Hinduism, 26.6% Islam
  • Sikkim – 10% Christianity, 57.8% Hinduism, 27.3% Buddhism
  • Puducherry – 6.2% Christianity, 87% Hinduism, 6% Islam
  • Tamil Nadu – 6.1% Christianity, 87.6% Hinduism, 5.9% Islam
  • Odisha – 2.8% Christianity, 93.6% Hinduism, 2.2% Islam

Note that even though Tamil Nadu, Assam, and Odisha have relatively smaller percentage of Christians (compared to other “above 3% Christian states” listed), the three are the largest on the list (all others are much smaller in size and population, with the exception of Assam and Kerala).

Note also that the conversions are taking place at strategic locations. Most importantly, all along the southern coastal area (stretching from Kerala to Tamil Nadu to Odisha). Traditionally missionaries have target poverty areas. Now with the median income greatly more than what was five years ago, todays missionaries are also targeting temple cities, pilgrimage centers, hill stations and tourists resorts, and resource rich areas (where they control the flow of raw material required for say power generation).

Any political history book will tell you that capturing coastal areas is an often used strategy to control a nation and can undermine the national security of a nation (as demonstrated by the Kudangalam protest). Any interference/influence by foreign powers in another nations politics can easily derail a democracy, and tilt it in favor of  the controlling nation.

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