The desire for a composite culture notwithstanding, the history of Hindu-Muslim encounters tells a story that modern Indians won't be comfortable with.
Roberto de Nobili with typical missionary zeal launched his "Madurai Mission" at a time when the Portuguese were on a conversion spree post their conquest of Goa.
Marx's philosophy of a supposed harmonised social system garnered many followers, though in time people still connected with the Hindu ethos realised its severe limitations.
Mahatma Gandhi's failure in recognising the threat posed by imperialist ideologies has left his legacy very much tainted.
The inherent need to identify themselves as non-Hindu has been the sole aim of most Hindu reformation groups.
The incessant need to put all religions in the same bracket has done more harm than good for Hindu society.
Maligning Hinduism is a standard practice that shows no signs of slowing down as inherent biases still remain.
The slogan of all religions being equal is a gross misrepresentation as their inherent aspirations differ greatly.
The Padmavati controversy exposes the problem of intellectual exclusion amongst opinion makers in India.
Reviving India's place in the world still remains a challenge and we need to reflect on Swamiji's words for inspiration.