Hindu psyche at large is reticent of initiative due to a shyness, a timidness driven into our mental and psychological structure over a lengthy period of time by the Mughals, the British, the Dutch, the Portuguese so on and so forth till the middle part of the 20th Century. I could stretch those reasons a bit further till the current times we live in and the inhibitions that continue to prevail in the minds of a Hindu.
It is more or less apparent that terming oneself *Hindu* is fast becoming taboo. Efficient machinery, with political connivance sustaining on vote bank politics, has portrayed it thus that a Hindu means communal, a Hindu means RSS, a Hindu means BJP or a Hindu means a right wing fundamentalist! Alas!
Hinduism has been castigated by the neo-monolithic, iconoclastic and fundamentally man made contemporary religions. These religions, as they are renowned now, arose from a barbaric and nomadic era when the distinction between human beings and animals was threadbare if any. Hinduism then was a flourishing way of life. Most probably, I reckon these barbarians saw a definite aristocracy in Hinduism and took delight in surreptiously taking the sheen out of it without appropriating or acknowledging its richness and value. The recent bold claims made by both Christians and Muslims, the former claiming Vedas and the latter claiming to be the oldest and only faith, is testimony to their pernicious vulnerability.
In the meantime, the Hindu society became an endogamous and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having mores distinguishing it from other such groups. Untouchability augmented to this ridiculous norm. Man made religious pounced on these negative qualities of Hinduism, totally disregarding their own draconian disparity, and propagated vehemently to influence the Hindu conscience to accept conversion as a remedy. Plenty fools did, little studying its consequences.
That apart, Hinduism, and Christianity to a certain extent, is the only religion that evolved with times, altering its ways and manners to suit the prevalent era. This progression, added to the unrestrained and excessively casual Hindu way of life, led to a large chunk of the society becoming not just barely, but totally ignorant of their roots. These cynics, suggesting a disbelief in the sincerity of Hindu religion out of their lack of comprehension of philosophy, cleaved to the modern curse called *Elitists*. This elitist culture, which renounced anything logical to safeguard their toast, predominantly propelled the erosion of Hinduism from our households.
Suffice to say that a day of reckoning, hopefully, will come in the not too distant future for Hindus to awaken from their slumber.