Lohani overstates global Hindu population

Sujit Mainali / September 6, 2017

Ekikrit Rastrabadi Prajatantra Party Chairman Prakash Chandra Lohani.                                         Photo: Youtube

The chairman of the newly-formed Ekikrit Rastrabadi Prajatantra Party and former finance minister Prakash Chandra Lohani said the following at a function in Kathmandu on September 5:

While respecting all the faiths, Nepal should be declared a Hindu nation, this is our demand. There are 1.3 billion Hindus across the world. Hinduism is our soft power. We don’t think we should let go of this power so easily.

South Asia Check has examined whether the global population of Hindus is 1.3 billion or not.

According to a report entitled “The Changing Global Religious Landscape” released in 2017 by the US-based Pew Research Center, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam, and 1.1 billion people of the world are Hindus.

Source: Pew Research Center

According to the report, by 2060 AD, the global Hindu population is expected to increase by 27 percent and reach 1.4 billion.

This shows Lohani has exaggerated global Hindu population.

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