In an age when the Hindutva movement has grown into an ideology with a global reach, the question of which religion is more Indian is still an open one.
This time, a survey of more than 7,000 people by the Pew Research Center found that nearly a quarter of Indians identify as either Hindu or Sikh.
The question of Hinduness has come up frequently in India since the advent of the Hindustan Ulema Council (HUCC), which began with the merger of several Hindu sects in the 1960s.
Though the term “Hinduism” is generally accepted as a synonym for Buddhism, it is also a religion with a range of diverse practices and traditions.
Hinduism is also widely viewed as a monotheistic religion that rejects theism and worship of any other deity.
While the movement has been successful in creating a worldwide network of groups dedicated to promoting Hinduism, the movement’s leaders have often been seen to be more intolerant towards Muslims and Sikhs.
It is the latter, particularly in India, that has seen the most violence in recent times.
India has seen more than a dozen attacks on minority communities in recent months.
A large number of such attacks are blamed on the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is widely seen as the main force behind the movement.
The BJP has repeatedly condemned the attacks.