My answer to Why aren’t Hindus united? Why are most of them criticizing and abusing their own religion?
Answer by Vijayendra Mohanty:
The question assumes that some kind of cultural unity among Hindus is possible. That is a myth. Hinduism has diversity at its core, and though many freedom fighters, reformers, and gurus have tried to mould it into a unified identity, they remain unsuccessful because they are trying to contain the sea in a bottle.
First, a lot of Hindus that the questioner considers abusive and critical of Hinduism, do not think of themselves that way at all. They see themselves as strengthening their religion by taking the bad qualities out of it.
Second, the Hindu who thinks other Hindus are unnecessarily critical of Hinduism should stop to consider if he is, in fact, the problem — the reason why other Hindus feel Hinduism needs to be criticised. Why, he should ask, do other Hindus not feel comfortable siding with him in matters of politics, conduct, and spiritual merit.
Hinduism has never failed to be critical of itself. Perhaps the modern Hindu should go easy on the “pride” factor and question himself a little from time to time.