At 47%, Hinduism biggest gainer in religious conversion in Kerala

Of the total 506 people who registered their change of religion with the government, 241 were those who converted from Christianity or Islam to Hinduism.

Published: 02nd April 2021 04:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2021 02:32 PM   |  A+A-

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While the BJP, in its election manifesto, has promised an Uttar Pradesh model law against forceful religious conversion and ‘love jihad’ in Kerala to woo Hindu and Christian voters, the data sourced by TNIE from the government gazettes paint an altogether different picture.

According to official figures for the year 2020, the biggest gainer – in terms of new converts – was Hinduism. People who embraced Hinduism constituted 47 per cent of religious conversions in Kerala during the one-year period under reference. 

Of the total 506 people who registered their change of religion with the government, 241 were those who converted from Christianity or Islam to Hinduism. A total of 144 persons adopted Islam whereas Christianity received 119 new believers in the year, shows the data.

32 people left Islam for Hinduism

As per the rule, people who officially change their religion, including minors, have to advertise it in the gazette. 72% of the new converts to Hinduism were Dalit Christians, mostly Christian Cheramars, Christian Sambavas and Christian Pulayas. It was evident that lack of reservation benefits forced many Dalit Christians to re-embrace Hinduism. Also, 32 people left Islam to join Hinduism.

Christianity lost 242 believers to the other two religions and attracted only 119 persons. Islam gained 144 new believers and lost 40 during the period. Buddhism received two new believers who switched from Hinduism.

77% of the new converts to Islam were Hindus and 63% women. It attracted the highest number of persons from Ezhava, Thiyya and Nair communities. 25 persons, including 13 females, switched from Hindu Ezhava to Islam.

17 Thiyya community members including 11 females converted to Islam. 17 persons including 12 females were from the Nair community. Of the 33 persons who crossed over to Islam from Christianity, 9 were Syrian Catholics, who included two women. 


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  • Ajay Kumawat

    Don't create wrong picture by such headlines
    26 days ago reply
  • bmniac

    Meaningless data. These are returns not conversions.
    1 month ago reply

    The writer has tried to mislead the readers of NIE with confusing figures. There were 111 conversions from Hindu to Islam
    1 month ago reply
  • All About

    Mate.... the biggest gainer has been Islam. and biggest lose Christianity. Look at the net impact not the gross. Journalists like you are the reason for the stupidity in the country.
    1 month ago reply
  • Dr.R.C.Garg

    At one stage Kerala Anglo Indian nurses were very well respected in other states also but with the passage of time the conversion to Islam picked up the race and see now they are in majority. This happened in a very calculated way and the then Govt. Of India kept sleeping or had their mock permission.
    1 month ago reply
  • bmniac

    Meaningless data. These are returns not conversions.
    1 month ago reply
  • welt

    When the Church in Kerala speaks about "Love Jihad" it is reported as a fact and when Hindu organisations say the same
    1 month ago reply
  • Reporter

    What is not mentioned in this report is that these are often tribals or SC/ST folks who have already converted to Christianity
    1 month ago reply
  • Mel

    BJP divide people on religion wise for vote. Now media also started putting venom into public mind?
    1 month ago reply
    • VVP

      This is for countering the claims of BJP. Both are true in their own contexts. Converts to Islam are due to marriage/love issues
      1 month ago reply
    • Madhu Menon

      There has to be a reason why so many people especially Hindus vote for the BJP. This vast majority are from the middle and upper middle class. Can you explain why? Its not my business what faith others follow but surely there must be something seriously wrong to go the BJP way.
      1 month ago reply
    • yvky

      BJP is in power today only because other parties played religious politics by oppressing the majority Hindus and providing every right
      1 month ago reply
      • FactsOnly

        In what way where the majority Hindus oppressed? When converting to Hindusim to which caste do they convert to?? Brahmanism??
        1 month ago reply
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