a new Hindu intelligentsia requires both a critique of anti-Hindu
forces, which are numerous and well-funded, and a self-examination
among Hindus, exposing the weaknesses within Hindu society and in
contemporary Hindu thought.
On the first count, Hindus must learn
to articulate their views to the world mind, even if other groups
may feel challenged by what they may have to say. Hindus must be
aware of those who oppose them and strive to counter the distortions
about them that are prevalent both in the media and in text books.
Hindus must learn to defend their great spiritual heritage, even if
this may place them at odds with more circumscribed beliefs. It is
no longer enough for Hindus to be apostles of tolerance with no
clear principles or doctrines with which to sustain it. They must
stand for the truth, which cannot always be popular, and not simply
seek to placate everyone.