Hindus Most Educated Religious Community in US: Report


The Hindu community is the most educated among 30 religious groups in the United States, based on college degrees, reveals data based on a study by Pew Research Centre.
The Hindu community is the most educated among 30 religious groups in the United States, based on college degrees, reveals data based on a study by Pew Research Centre.

The Unitarians Universalists, Jews, Anglicans are among the religious groups that follow. Over 35,000 US adults were surveyed in the Pew’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study.

The Pew study has reportedly used the four-year college degree, stating that it is generally regarded as the “key asset for economic success.”

The Hindus constitute the largest group with 77 percent holding a college degree, Unitarian – a religious group that draws inspiration from various religious scriptures – come second with 67 percent

While atheists and agnostics recorded for 43 percent and 42 percent respectively,

Muslims accounted 39 percent and Catholics 26 percent.

The most educated community could also be the wealthiest. The study strikes a correlation between education and economic success, four-in-ten Jews and a third of Hindus belong to households with annual incomes of at least $1,00,000.

“Given the strong correlation between educational attainment and economic success, it is not surprising that Jews and Hindus, on average, have high household incomes, with four-in-ten Jews (44%) and roughly a third of Hindus (36%) living in households with annual incomes of at least $100,000,” the report said, citing the study.

US elections ballot receipts had ‘Thank You’ note in Hindi, and Indians are all excited!

Though not the first time Hindi was used people were delighted with the pictures. (Source: Twitter)
Though not the first time Hindi was used people were delighted with the pictures. (Source: Twitter)

 

The US elections may be over, but the excitement around it has not ceased just yet. It’s not about what Melania Trump wore or what exactly Donald Trump and Barack Obama discussed at the White House on Thursday. Something else has tickled the Indian Twitterati and they can’t stop gushing about it.
The reason for their excitement is a ballot receipt issued in Chicago. The ‘Thank You’ receipts received by people in the city after they voted were in four languages – English, Spanish, Chinese and our very own Hindi.
Someone posted a picture of the ballot receipt and then people were elated to see an Indian language on an official document. People quickly started sharing the pictures with ‘Jai Hind’ and some even attributed it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, we found a report by the Chicago Tribune that challenged the claim.

It is true that the receipt had notes in Hindi, but it was certainly not the first time. The report said Hindi was added way back in 2012. “Including Hindi on voting materials stemmed from recent U.S. Census Bureau numbers and Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires officials to provide language assistance to minority groups that need it,” the report said.
In fact, not just receipts, “Illinois was the first state required by the U.S. Justice Department to offer ballots printed in Hindi,” it added further. Many Indians reside in the state, but there was a major problem before they could finally opt for Hindi, forgoing Urdu or Gujarati.
But even if this is not the first time, that did not deter people from flaunting the achievement. In fact, many I-Voted stickers, some ballots and precinct signs.

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India has probably surpassed Japan to become the world’s third largest economy after the US and China, Paris-based think tank OECD said on Wednesday even as it lowered the country’s economic growth projection for 2013 to 5.3%.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which in November had projected India to grow at 5.9% in 2013, cautioned that structural bottlenecks in the country could further constrain investment and growth potential.

“China will likely pass the United States as the world’s largest economy in the next few years and India has probably recently surpassed Japan to be third largest,” said the OECD Economic Outlook report.

Until around 2020, China is set to have to highest growth rate among major countries, but could be then surpassed by India, it said.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which in November had projected India to grow at 5.9% in 2013, cautioned that structural bottlenecks in the country could further constrain investment and growth potential.

Looking ahead, it said India is likely to improve growth to 6.7% next year, after having logged a decade’s low of 3.8% in 2012.

(with agency inputs)

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