Snapshots of India
Snapshots of India


Population: 1.3 billion
Languages: Hindi, English, more than 20 other official languages
Religions: Hinduism (80%), Islam (14%), Christianity (2.3%), Sikhism (1.7%), Buddhism/other (2%)
Life expectancy: 67 years (men), 70 years (women)






(Sources: BBC, CIA World Factbook,,, Reuters, Sporteology, Washington Post, Wikipedia).

Anglicans in India

Christians are in a tiny minority in India – and Anglicans are a minority
within this minority. They operate with a space for religious freedom that is
currently shrinking amid a rise in Hindu nationalism.

Two churches in India are members of the Anglican Communion: the Church of North India and the Church of South India. Both are United Churches, meaning they are comprised of a range of protestant denominations, not just Anglicans.

In outlook, these churches are prophetic and radical, with a heart for Indian marginalised communities, particular the Dalit and tribal peoples,
who are the so-called untouchables.

The Church of North India was established in 1970, bringing together six
churches, including Baptist, Brethren, Anglican, Methodist and other protestant denominations. Its motto is ‘Unity, Witness, Service’ and its mission priorities include evangelism, renewal, restructuring, education,
reconciliation and the protection of livelihoods.

Factfile: Church of North India

Dioceses: 27
Members: 1.5 million
Churches: 4,500
Clergy: 2,204
Schools/colleges: 564
Theological colleges: 7
Hospitals/nursing schools: 65/9

The Church of South India was founded in 1947 following Indian Independence. It brought together a number of Anglican and Protestant denominations in India, including the Church of England, the Methodist Church and the Church of Scotland. The church’s motto draws on the words of Jesus in John 17:21: ‘That they all may be one.’

Factfile: Church of South India

Dioceses: 24
Members: 3.8 million
Churches: 14,000
Clergy: 11,214
Schools/colleges: 2,450
Affiliated theological colleges: 12
Hospitals: 104