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Ninety percent Indians feel religion is very important in their lives

Updated: Jan 19

While writing my research paper and analyzing the topic of religiosity of Indians, I came across the World Values Survey by a non-profit, non-government association founded in 1981. They conduct high quality surveys on values and beliefs of people from 100 countries and provide this to social scientists, governments, political organizations, etc.


According to the World Values Survey, India's religiosity is increasing. Two waves of a surveys were conducted and compared in 2001 and 2012. They had results from 2002 and 4078 individuals respectively who represented 40 districts across 18 states of India. The results were tabulated in the form of the percentage of respondents who chose religion as being “very important” or “rather important” amongst 5 options (very important, rather important, not very important, not at all important and I don’t know) . There was a 12 percentage increase in the number of respondents who chose the above mentioned options in the second wave (2012) as compared to the first wave (2001). (The percentage increased from 79.2% in 2001 to 91.3% in 2012)


Religion appears to play an important role in Indian life and that role appears to have grown over time. Is it a natural human reaction to a more stressful and challenging world that we live in today? Food for thought.


References:

Inglehart, R., C. Haerpfer, A. Moreno, C. Welzel, K. Kizilova, J. Diez-Medrano, M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). 2014. World Values Survey: Round Six - Country-Pooled Datafile Version: www.worldvaluessurvey.org/WVSDocumentationWV6.jsp. Madrid: JD Systems Institute.

Inglehart, R., C. Haerpfer, A. Moreno, C. Welzel, K. Kizilova, J. Diez-Medrano, M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). 2014. World Values Survey: Round Four - Country-Pooled Datafile Version: www.worldvaluessurvey.org/WVSDocumentationWV4.jsp. Madrid: JD Systems Institute.

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