- Religion and Philosophy
Decline of Hinduism: Will Hinduism Survive?
Will Hinduism Survive?
I was born as a Hindu, but I will not die as a Hindu -Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
More and more people in India are going away from Hinduism. The percentage of Hindus is decreasing rapidly.
In ancient times, Jainism and Buddhism were major religions in Indian subcontinent. Then Vedics managed to destroy these two religions. After revival of Vedic Hinduism, the Indian community was divided in Varna system which gave birth to thousands of castes and sub-castes.
After complete demolition of Buddhism and suppression of Jainism, a new religion from Arabia entered India. A major part of Hindu community started to convert to Islam. A large portion of people in western parts of Indian subcontinent - present day Afghanistan and Pakistan became Muslims. Same thing happened in Eastern parts of India, in Bengal and present day Bangla Desh.
After 15th century, Europeans entered India with their religion: Christianity. Again another large part of Hindus started to adopt Christianity. In Goa the Portuguese rulers succeeded to convert more and more people to Christianity.
In 16th Century, Guru Nanak formed a new religion, Sikhism. A large portion of Hindu warrior communities like Jaat, Khatri etc. renounced Hinduism and joined this new faith.
In 20th Century a major part of downtrodden people in India was attracted towards Buddhism. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar joined Buddhism with millions of his followers. Now more and more people from Dalit-Adivasi communities and Nomadic Tribes are adopting Buddhism.
In last 100 years millions of people from Tribal communities and backward classes has become Jains. In last few years, the number of converts to Jainism is increased rapidly.
Today the percentage of Hindus in Indian community is said to be 79. But in actual, Hindus are not more than 65 %, and when we think of entire Indian subcontinent, they are less than 40%. More and more people from this remaining portion have been attracted to other religions and converting to them. Marathas, a warrior community of Deccan have formed a new religion Shivdharm and in near future most of the Marathas will adopt this faith.
Religious leaders of Hindus, most of whom are Brahmins, never tried to think why this happened and why this is happening.
The future of Hinduism is very dark. Will Hinduism survive?
The answer is: NO. Because Hindus want to convert to other religions, but others rarely adopt Hinduism.
The Answer is: YES, but only if the religious leadership of Hindus Changes and throw away their orthodox policies.
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