Though there is not even a single Hindu Rashtra in the entire world, you will be surprised to know that Hinduism is the third most populated religion in the world.
The total population of the world is around 753 crores and there are around 110 crores of Hindus across the world. Interestingly, one out of every seven people in the world is a Hindu. So around 15-16% of the world population is formed by the Hindus. Note that around 95 percentage of the Hindus reside in India.
Christianity forms 31.5% of the world population, Islam contributes 23.2% of the population, Hindus are in the third position and the Buddhist population is around 7.1%. Majority of the Hindus are found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, which was formerly a Hindu nation.
Other nations where a huge number of Hindus are found in Bangladesh and Indonesia. In countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, United States, Myanmar, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Mauritius, and the Caribbean, the Hindu population is over half a million.
Currently in India, a little over 79% of the population are Hindus and research says that by 2050, Hindus will account for 80% of the total Indian population. But when we look percentage wise, Nepal has more percentage of Hindus when compared to India.
Currently, Nepal’s 81% population is constituted by the Hindus and 2.3% of the global Hindu population. But this nation’s population is around 2.93 crores. In the year 1952, the percentage Hindus in Nepal was 88.87% and since then it has seen a slight dip.
The Hindu population is constantly rising in several Western countries. One obvious reason is that many Hindus have migrated to nations like US and UK. Another reason is that the natives of these western nations are constantly getting attracted towards Hindus because of its practices and preaching. The Pew Research Center had stated in its report published in 2015 that “The Hindu community in America is continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, and sanctity of marriage amidst so many distractions”.
Indonesia has a significant amount of the Hindu population and the majority of it is found in Bali. Today, over 4 million Hindus live in Indonesia and they constitute 0.4% of the total population of this nation. In Bali, Hindus are said to be more than 83%.
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are the major nations where the Hindu population has seen a tragic downfall. Especially in Bangladesh and Pakistan, thousands of Hindus have been forcefully converted to Islam and hundreds of temples have been demolished forcefully.
In the year 1951, the Hindus in Pakistan were 31.85% but in the year 2011, it dropped drastically and stood at 2.57. Currently, it is said that Hindus constitute only 1.6% of Pakistan’s population. Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s report had stated “Associated with the insistence on the Ideology of Pakistan has been an essential component of hate against India and the Hindus. For the upholders of the Ideology of Pakistan, the existence of Pakistan is defined only in relation to Hindus, and hence the Hindus have to be painted as negatively as possible”. So to increase the standard of life of Hindus in the countries ruled by lunatics and religious bigots, Pakistan for example, the Indian government need to take certain bold steps.
Sri Lanka has a small proportion of Hindus and around 10% of the population is constituted by the Hindus. It is said that by 2050, the Hindu population in the US might touch 3.43 million. Malaysia is greatly associated with Hindu tradition and even this nation has over 1.78 million Hindus. Reports claim that the Hindu population in this nation will increase by 24% by 2050, which is a really huge trend.
Hinduism has always attracted the world due to its rich traditions and glorious past. Now it is on the shoulders of the youths to follow and practice Hinduism so that the world will keep on getting impressed by the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism).