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Decline of Hinduism: Will Hinduism Survive?

Dr. Ambedkar on the occasion of his conversion to Buddhism

Dr. Ambedkar on the occasion of his conversion to Buddhism

Om: A Symbol of Hinduism

Om: A Symbol of Hinduism

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.

-Mahavir Sanglikar

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Ashutosh Tiwari from Lucknow, India on January 28, 2014:

@jainismus The first thing that I would assume while speaking to you is the fact that your hub is not intended for commercial benefits.

Now, I would like to add that I am Hindu and I am proud of it`s history. Yes, we have many defects but why don`t you go and study the history of other religions. Christians and Muslims fought many times under the name of religion in holy crusades, Hindus never did that. Hindus never convert the people of other sect because they know that it has no use. A Hindu King never invaded western Asia for his benefit even he could at the height of his power.

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It`s not the number which matter, what matter is the root and strong beliefs and I assure you that until the last day of the earth arrives, Hinduism will exist. You can read Swami Vivekanand`s message for any references regarding Hinduism.

Warm Regards,

Ashutosh Tiwari

Read3rs on July 28, 2013:

Found no source of these stats, it's still over 80% of hindus in India, and there are more converts to Hindus than there are are defectors. I am sure, that hinduism will be the last religion to remain in this planet.

Kashishvashist on July 09, 2013:

Don't worry hinduism will survive, it survives 1500 years of islamic rule, 200 years of christian rule, nd has been existing since the greek and egyptian religions, today those religions don't exist but hinduism does

Waffen SS on June 26, 2013:

Yes, I agree with you. Perhaps religious conversion is the only way to survive.

Samraj19 on April 20, 2013:

I think people are using the word 'conversion' in a wrong notation for political reasons.

A non-believer of GOD becomes a believer is a Conversion

A believer of GOD changed his Religion is a Migration.

Religion acts like a Telecom service provider to establish a connect between human being and GOD. It is up to the individuals to decide who is providing a better service for their spiritual life with a better technology (without a trunk call booking).

The Vedic Hinduism got spread-ed in India only after 3rd century, Is it a conversion? We as an Indian followed different Religion at different point of period under different rulers following different religions

Today, religion is mixed with vote bank politics hence people are making hue and cry to retain their majority status for political reasons. In my opinion, any religion which rely more on outdated rituals than spirituals are likely to die over a period of time

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 16, 2013:

But Hindus never encouraged conversion, so no other religious people came to this great religion. Hindus are tolerant and did welcome all other religions to this soil. It is sad that Buddhism lost its grip on Indian soil as so the Jainism too. But you must also understand that Hinduism lost its grip in other Asian countries. Campodia, for example still has the largest Hindu temple in the world. Hindus never encouraged terrorism and they loved peace always. Sure Buddhism too was in the same line.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 16, 2013:

The destruction of Bhuddhism and Jainism is a painful experience. But at the same time Hinduism also suffered a lot in other regions in Asia, where Buddhism scored well. All these three religion stand for peace and unity and never engage in violence usually. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

kitneaadmeethe on February 04, 2013:

that's not true,sir!!

in fact i believe today india is in such dis array bcoz we lost our kshatra dharma due to the influence of buddhism,jainism was never a majority religion:reason,its very difficult to differentiate between hinduism and jainism for instance the first idol of hindu goddess like saraswati and lakshmi were found in buddhist and jain places not hindu,buddhism and jainism are more of an ideology or subsect of hinduism rather than a free religion.and i guess you know about acharya shankar who "defeated" buddhism,it was never destroyed by hindus.but iconoclast muslims killed it from afghanistan,nalanda etc.

Jai hindu on January 17, 2013:

Though there are many caste in hinduism and it may be tru that the lower castes are adoting other religions,but i think nowadays these lower caste are getting more facilities so very few of them wil try for conversion.

Other think is that we dnt promote our religion at international level like christianity and islam and even we dnt believe in forceful conversions.

The fact that hinduism is declining is a funny fact,now more and more people from europe are coming to india to adopt hinduism.They are highly influenced with hinduism.In earlier times hindus dnt have strong network so the muslims convert them by torturing.But nw hinduism is on its rise.All major religions except christianity originate frm hinduism and except islam all are cooperative to hindus.Now we have Bajrang dal,VHP who knw how to treat with such muslims who believes in forceful conversions.

avinash on January 12, 2013:

hello sir you said that hinduism destroyed buddhism and you also said that buddhism dominated india, but buddhism was created by siddharta gautam buddha who is a hindu first of all, so before hinduism how can buddhism dominate india

Biju Pillai on January 07, 2013:

I believe the judgement for decline is wrong here. Yes there is decline in terms of percenatge but we all know that all good things will be less in number as compare to not so good things in this world.

Look at the world. 5% of people control 93% of the money in the world. It is the good mind that gets filter on the top. Lion population will be always in few percentage as compare to their prey. Again law of nature, the prevaliged few will be assigned the best position despite their small number.

Hinduisim is a time tested way of living. If you are unable to stick to it, you will be filtered out and join a bigger crowd, keeping the best bunch as such.

Prood to be HINDU

Sahebrao on December 10, 2012:

Indians are weaker people and very low standards in quality of living say per capita.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on October 13, 2012:


Though I have seen people giving up Hinduism and embracing other faiths, I don't believe Hinduism is on decline. I believe Hinduism is getting more diversified.

Thanks for sharing your point of view. on September 14, 2012:

Hindus will destroy hinduism. Where there is different castes and separate individuals as high caste, low caste- persecute low caste by high caste - persecute one caste by another caste on base of the population strength - look one caste lower than other- there is no chance for this religion to survive. Slowly the muslim and christian religion will become highly populated and strong in money power and muscle power. Under their onslaught this religion which has no intercaste cooperation will one day lost in oblivion. Till that time I will be a good hindu.....

Mahaveer Sanglikar (author) from Pune, India on August 06, 2012:

Thanks Samraj again, for reading the Hub and expressing your views on the topic.

Samraj19 on August 05, 2012:

The world's 2 major religion had a transformation

1. Judaism got transformed as Christianity after Jesus

2. Hinduism got transformed as Buddhism after Buddha

Both Jesus and Buddha was talking for the common people against the elites who were suppressing the common people

Unfortunately, Hinduism survived and destroyed the Buddhism from India which is the root cause for the most of the social issues and divides in India

In my opinion, modern India would have been at a better place in terms of Religion and Language unity if Buddhism was survived

I don't think caste would have been created by Vedic Religion but it has created the social discrimination and divides in India on the basis of Birth

In India, everyone is called as Hindu by default which includes the Atheist people hence real % may be even lower

mridul khanduri on May 16, 2012:

why are we so concerned with the survival of a religion? any thing which changes and adapts itself with times will survive that i think has been the essence of hinduism or Sanatan dharm as we call it..

DAbas on December 14, 2011:

Hindu religion is most Liberal...We never convery anybody forcefully unlike Islam...Hindi is not a religion ...rather it is an art of living ...

aparaditya on October 09, 2011:

We r proud to be a Hindu..Coz we have more freedom dan any other latest relgions in d world :)

Ashish on October 08, 2011:

This is true, because hinduism is an orthodox religion. Looks Hinduism is just give and take relationship with God, look at any hindu preyer it will be something like this, O god you are powerful, you did this you did that, help me, give me this, give me that. Even all the fast Hindu do, they are for some god so god solves their problem.

brahman on October 04, 2011:

Mi ek brahman ahe pan tumhi mate mala patali. hindudhaemala karmakand ani jaatinmadhun baher kadhalyashivay hindu dharma pasarnar nahi ani apalich manase vegalya dharmat jatil.

rohit on October 02, 2011:

Sir,You simply the best.

But i want to ask politely that i did not heard people are converting to Jainism,please provide me info

but i know lot of jain people in OBC community don't mention Jain in population cences same as some buddhist and chritians.

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