CHENNAI: India has 2.87 million people who have no faith in any religion — 0.24% of the country's population of 1.21 billion — according to the 2011 census, which was the first to include a 'non-faith' category. The figure includes atheists, rationalists as well as those not interested in any religion but believe in some 'unknown' force.
A majority of people (1,643,640) who ticked the non-faith category live in rural areas as compared to those in urban areas (1,223,663). More males (1,463,712) than females (1,403,591) said that they did not believe in any faith.
Uttar Pradesh accounts for the most people registered as 'non-faith' (582,000) than any other state. Bihar, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu all have more than one lakh people in the category.
RAVI • 4 hours ago
Rationalism is better than all the falsehood spread in the name of religion!
Thats far better than following a religion and creating violence..
Truth is there is no god..its man made fantasy..
I wish it was a billion people. India would been far developed then
Very, very correct.
k s ray • 29 mins ago
my dog one of these-a non believer.
They are the smartest ones. Religions only DIVIDE a great Nation and create more criminals, offenders, crooks, lawbreakers, murders and thieves.
Putting lamps before images, paying obeisance to idols, etc. don't necessarily indicate faith. Faith is in putting affirmative efforts to improve the lot of humanity till one's last breath.
That is too small. The actual number may be more than ten times!