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POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS CRITIQUES
attempts to create political tolerance in India Hindus have tried to
make all religions the same, calling them all equally valid paths to
God, and this even though other religions may not define themselves
as paths to God (Paramatman) in the Hindu sense at all. Modern India
has built its politics of dealing with minority religions on this
idea of Sarva Dharma Samabhava.
Yet it has gone beyond the idea that all religions
should be given equal respect by the law. The further idea has
arisen that the majority religion should stoop down to help minority
religions and should not do anything to offend them, including not
questioning the foreign missionary elements working within them,
even if these forces are antinational in nature. This has led Hindus
to ignore the missionary element in religions, even when active in
their own neighborhood.
From fear of losing the favor of minority
religious support in the political sphere, Hindus in India have
failed to defend themselves from the onslaught of these same
are therefore confronted with a dichotomy or at least dilemma to
consider. This is the balance between political tolerance of
religions and acceptance of all religions on a spiritual level.
Hindus have confused the two issues to their own detriment.