in spite of their history of being the victims of missionary
aggression Hindus are the main religious group in modern times that
has proclaimed the unity of all religions and pointed out a common
human spiritual aspiration behind them. This attitude of tolerance
has caused Hindus to develop respect for other religions,
particularly the mystics of the world, which is quite laudable.
However they have taken this
principle to an extreme in which they accept the teachings and
practices of other religions as true, even if these are contrary to
what their own tradition teaches as valid. Because of this sense of
tolerance Hindus hesitate to criticize anyone's religious belief,
including the beliefs of the missionary groups that are attacking
them. Hindus have hoped that their expression of tolerance might
mitigate against the intolerance of other groups.
While Hindus like to believe that
this is the case, a little examination shows that it seldom occurs.
The missionary aggression, however muted or veiled, continues.
Hindus are the first to hold conferences on the unity of religion
inviting members of other groups, including religions traditionally
hostile to Hinduism like Christianity and Islam, to speak. Such a
practice can be an excellent way to begin a dialogue with different
religions to face the many problems between them.