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In some places Christians have more influence than their numbers would suggest because they have traditionally been more educated than the general population.
Indian Christians tend to be urbanized and hold Western professions such as teachers, nurses bank clerks and civil servants.
Orthodox churches of the Malankara and Malabar rites total 2 million and 700,000 members, respectively.
* All Christian churches have found the most fertile ground for expansion among Dalits, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribe groups (see Tribals, Minorities).
The Indian Christian community includes about 17 million Catholics and 11 million Protestants.Although there is little evidence to back up the assertion, some people believe that Christ's apostle, St. After evangelizing and performing miracles in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, he is believed to have been martyred in Madras and buried on the site of San Thomé Cathedral..