Both books (and all the religious books) are about creating a cohesive society where all humanity can co-exist with least conflict by accepting the otherness of other and learning to value the uniqueness of each one. Poet Sahir Ludhanavi wrote this beautiful couplet in Urdu/Hindi language;
Qur’aan no ho jis may o dharam tera nahin hai
Geeta no ho jis may o haram tera nahin hai
and your worship is incomplete without Gita in it.
Now enjoy reading this piece with full humility.
Obviously, this is an exaggeration, but the philosophy is still there -- the intense competition, the praise given for having one's name everywhere. In India, kids have an incredibly strict education system, learning everything at a much more advanced rate than I am here in New York, and students are strictly ranked in every aspect. There's a rigorous Hindu caste system only now falling apart, and still very much present in India's villages. My mother, a Brahmin (on the top of the ladder) talks about how growing up in India, she was told that she was superior to everyone else, and though she hates it, she still feels that inside her today. Harsh competition is encouraged from an early age in most Indians. So why the discrepancy between the religion and the culture?