Hindi-Speaking Indian Hindus

Quick Facts

  • Place of Origin:  India.
  • Religion:  79.8% Hinduism, 14.2% Islam, 2.3% Christianity, 1.7% Sikhism, 0.7% Buddhism, 0.4% Jainism, 0.23% Unaffiliated, and 0.65% Others.
  • Population:  1.38 billion
  • (Primary) Language: Hindi and English are the two official languages.
  • (Secondary) Language: There are 447 native languages  in India.
  • Other Information: 
Over the past five years, Hindi has been the fastest-growing language of immigrants in Canada. Because of the burgeoning number of Hindi speakers from India immigrating into the GTA during the past 5 years, the number of Hindi-speaking individuals recorded in the 2021 census certainly will be higher.

When did Hindi-Speaking Indians first come to Canada?

A large part of modern-era immigration to Canada from India began in the late 1800s and early 20th century.

Canada contains the world's eighth largest Indian diaspora, most of them speaking Hindi. The highest concentrations of Indian Canadians are found in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

Where do Hindi-Speaking Indians predominantly gather in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)?

Nearly 40% of Brampton is South Asian, with Hindi-speaking Indians making up almost 20% of the population.

The suburbs of Brampton’s & Etobicoke’s subdivisions, with their high Hindi populations, are what are called “ethnoburbs” – middle-class suburbs occupied by a non-Caucasian ethnic group.

The Brampton area is considered to be home to one of the largest Hindi-Indian ethnoburbs outside of India. Indian Hindus followed friends and relatives to Brampton and Etobicoke looking for a better life, but they need a new life only Jesus could give.

Population estimate in the GTA:  171,095

What are Hindi-Speaking Indians' lives like?

  • Hindi- speaking people are mainly concentrated in the city of Brampton and the Etobicoke district of west Toronto.
  • In Brampton & Etobicoke, there are a multitude of Hindu temples, merchants, food markets, movie theatres, cultural association centers and many cafes/restaurants.
  • There are also large networks of Indian media such as radio channels, television, and cultural association connections for Hindi-speaking individuals in GTA.

What do Hindi-Speaking Indian Hindus believe?

  • India consists of many religions, dialects of languages, and different customs.
  • About 79.8% of India’s population practices Hinduism, 14.3% practice Islam, 2.3% practices Christianity, 1.7 % practice Sikhism and 0.7% adhere to Buddhism and 0.4% practice Jainism.
  • Key beliefs of Hindus:
    1. Truth is eternal
      • They believe that Truth is the only reality.
    2. Brahman is Truth
      • Hindus believe that Brahman is the one true God who is formless and eternal.
    3. The Vedas are the ultimate authority
      • Vedas are Hindu scriptures that are believed to begin without beginning and end. When everything in the universe disappears then the Vedas are the only ones that remain.
    4. Everyone should strive to achieve dharma.
      • Dharma is described to be right conduct, righteousness, moral law and duty.
    5. Individuals souls are immortal
      1. They believe that an individual soul is neither created nor destroyed. There can be the same soul in a different body.

PRAY
for Hindi-Speaking Indian Hindus in the GTA

  • Ask God to lead the Christian community in the GTA to meet with and pray for Hindi-speaking Indians.
  • Ask God to convict the Christian community in the GTA to host Hindi-speaking international students, friends, neighbours, & co-workers for meals, the sharing of life together, & gospel conversations.
  • Pray for those who are struggling in their faith especially those who are in the demographic of Hindi-speaking Indians.

Resources

Urban Reach Assisting Churches is a peoples group website that seeks to provide an accessible online portal for receiving and sharing tools, information, expertise, and resources related to engaging and embracing the diverse peoples of Canada.
Click the Ureach Toronto Logo for more resources on Hindi-Speaking Indian Hindus.
Prayercast is a website dedicated to activating prayer around the world.
For prayer resources on Hindi-Speaking Indian Hindu peoples, click the Prayercast logo.

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