India is going through trouble times. The right wingers among Hindus are coercing Christians and Muslims to become Hindus.
The ignorant among Hindus, call Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism as off shoot of Hinduism. I am talking about educated ignorants. I held a radio show on 12.31.2004 to wrap up on wisdom of religion program for the year - and invariably our Jain, Sikh and Buddhist guest protested over the claim of Hindu guest that they were off shoots of Hinduism. I conducted workshops on all religions, the story is same. There is resentment for denying the otherness of other religion.
Here is a good statement from the following article.
"Meanwhile, Buddhist leader Bhadant Anand has questioned the VHP claim that Buddhism was just another sect of Buddhism. Maintaining that Buddhism was the anti thesis of Hinduism, the Buddhist leader and Chief of the All India Monks Association said that Buddhism outrightly rejects Manuvad, the centre point of Hindu philosophy. Unlike Hindus, the Buddhists do not believe either in God or in fate. The birth cycle, an integral part of the Hindu philosophy too was alien to Buddhism. Buddhism was a Godless concept, maintained Anand."
Courtesy Times of India