Atanu Dey On India's Development

Religious Affiliation in the US

A NY Times report by Neela Banerjee refers to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The report shows, for example, that every religion is losing and gaining members, but that the Roman Catholic Church “has experienced the greatest net losses as a result of affiliation changes.” The survey also indicates that the group that had the greatest net gain was the unaffiliated. More than 16 percent of American adults say they are not part of any organized faith, which makes the unaffiliated the country’s fourth largest “religious group.”

The money quote for me is:

Muslims rival Mormons for having the largest families. And Hindus are the best-educated and among the richest religious groups, the survey found. [emphasis added.]

Now that is what I call globalization: India importing the Indian rate of growth from the US. Notice that the socialistic Nehru rate of growth of 2 percent per year was prevalent for nearly forty years after India’s independence. Only in the mid 1990′s did the pace pick up — around the same time that Indians started making it big in the US.

  • AGWorld

    Wow.

    This is the True Hindu Rate of Growth :-) , which, if extrapolated to India would mean that given the right economic policies (and other “right policies” such as law and order), 80% of india can move from “third world to first”, Singapore style, in the span of one generation.

    Interesting aside to also see who has the largest families!

  • pankaj

    Indians making big in usa not a big thing,actually indians make it big everywhere except india(australia,uk canada,trindad and tobago etc).I am sure indians progress in a non indian environment, i dont see the progress made by indians abroad being replicated in india.India is too messed up.as usual muslims dont change as can be seen from their family size.

  • http://jihadwatch.org/ Notsure

    How is 1990s when indians started doing well in US? The trend could be noticed prior to that….
    Your acquantance Khosla did well prior to that ass did Kanwal Rekhi, Umang Gupta.
    Amar Bose(though born is US, Half Indian Half White American) started becoming noticable since 60′s.
    Dont forget Chandrasekhar becoming a kickass researcher prior to that.