India is religious, deeply religious. In Dalitwada, Paalaguttapalle, dharmam is mentioned in every thrird sentence. And Eashwaramma,landless and poor, gives to every mendicant who asks because that is dharmam. Every god is worshipped Gangamma, Vinayaka and Sibbalamma, with all rituals.And this is Hinduism in its vastness, and not Hindutva in its narrowness.
If the educated look at people who follow religion as lesser beings, deny religion and religiousness, then the right will take over. It has. We have surrendered the country to them. Our modern, western education has alienated us from the people is subtle but very deep ways. Modern science came in, and everything that did not come in its fold was superstitiously discarded. Religion could not be 'scientifically' explained.
Gandhi was religious, truly religious, and the people related to him the way they do not to the 'secularists', and the 'liberals'. Let us understand Indianness, understand and respect its religiosity, if we wish to be accepted by the Indians.
India is deeply religious. I speak from experiance of living in my village for 15 years. When we 'scientific, western educated' lose our religiosity, it is one degree of alienation from the people. When we think our 'scientific temper' is superior to 'religion', the alienation is complete.
The 'scientific temper' is a heady drug. It gives hallucinations of superiority.