In recent years, partly as a backlash to this
failed policy of accommodation of religions, more pro-Hindu
political parties have come to prominence in India. They strive to
defend Hindu causes and to reverse the policy of anti- Hinduism in
the government. Naturally, to one unacquainted with India and its
history, this at face value may look like a religious interference
But if we look at the matter carefully we see that
such so-called Hindu parties are asking for the removal of
anti-Hindu policies, eliminating the current pseudo-secularism that
grants special favors to religious minorities and penalizes the
majority religious community. They want Hinduism to be honored in
India and to be recognized for its contribution to the culture. They
are not asking, like Islamic countries, for a religious state, or
for the imposition of religious law, but only for a common civil
code, which India has yet to have.
Of course political groups should avoid
criticizing religious beliefs whatever these may be. Only the
political activity of religious groups should be their concern.
However, Hindus are in a position in which rival nations, like
Pakistan, are using religion against them, creating holy wars
against India, and trying to encourage the Muslim minority of India
to join these. There is not only an Islamic but a Christian agenda
against Hindu majority India. Not only Hindus, any nationalist
Indians, should be willing to criticize religious groups that
encourage separatist and terrorist activities in their own country.
In this case it is the political activities of these groups that is
the issue, not their metaphysical beliefs.