11 August 2011

White collar workers push Hindu numbers ahead of the pack

White collar workers push Hindu numbers ahead of the pack, by Andrew West (Sydney Morning Herald, 11 August 2011)

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The 2011 census collectors began their work only last night but one result is already clear - the number of Australians who identify as Hindu is likely to have doubled since the last population survey in 2006. High immigration from the Indian subcontinent during the past five years, especially among white collar professionals and university students, has also made Hinduism a more visible faith, especially in parts of western Sydney, where new temples and worship houses are being built.

According to the 2006 census, 148,117 people identified as Hindus, representing a 55 per cent increase on the 2001 figure. Community leaders expect the number will leap to between 270,000 and 300,000. "I think the explanation is very simple if you look at the immigration data,'' the secretary of the Hindu Council of Australia, Sanjeev Bhakri, told the Herald. ''The regular immigrants, mainly professionals meeting a demand in workforce, and also students, are pushing the numbers right up." While some Indian immigrants are Christian, including Catholics from Goa, Mr Bhakri estimates 90 per cent are Hindu.
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