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In Nepal's first census since the end of the monarchy, Christians up by 1 per cent
In 10 years, Catholics and Protestants went from 0.4 to 1.4 per cent of the population, less than estimated in 2011. Hindu rise is attributed to wrong designation. Converts to Christianity are also afraid of declaring their new religion. Two million Nepalis live abroad.
Kathmandu, for the first time Christians included in Nepalese census
The operation, started yesterday by President Ram Baran Yadav, will also apply to non-Hindus. The declaration of secular state (2006), the Himalayan republic grants more recognition to religious minorities. Appeal of Christian leaders to declare religious faith without fear.
Hindu paramilitary group calls for policy change to contain "harmful" minorities
The Rashtriya Sangh Swyamsevak adopts a motion calling on the Indian government to review national policies on population. In its view, the growing numbers of Muslims and Christians is creating a “demographic imbalance” that is threatening the “country’s integrity, unity and identity”. Census data show that Hindus are 79.8 per cent, Muslims 14.23 per cent, and Christians 2.3 per cent of the population. For Christian activist, extremists “are twisting the data to stir fears among Hindus about Muslims”.
Police chief calls for the dismantling of extremist Islamic groups
General Bambang Hendarso Danuri makes the proposal during a meeting of top government officials. However, Indonesia has no legislation allowing for sanctions against organised groups. Calls are made for the freedom to build places of worship without a permit from the authorities. Religious Affairs minister rejects the demand, saying it would fuel violence.
India getting ready for new national census
Millions of volunteers and public officials will visit cities, towns and villages to chronicle the effects of economic growth on the population. Census results will allow authorities to examine new development policies.
Nepali Christians hope rights promised by government are not mere propaganda
Nepal's Maoist government signs a six-point deal with the Christian minority. The authorities agree to defend the rights of Catholics and Protestants and ensure their representation in parliament. With the failure of the constituent assembly, the country could implode economically and socially.
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