One of the ironies here is that ‘Hindus’ themselves are losing the thread of their tradition. They don’t understand it any better than the often confused scholars. I certainly support Doniger’s right to publish but her take on India is not really able to grapple with Indian religion. What else is new? Noone can. But rightist ‘Hindus’ are likely to wreak far more havoc on their own tradition than even the worst of the Iron Cage disciples of scientism. Hinduism has been described by a noted Indic yogi as a compost heap, rich in the supply of realized yogis. The Hindutva right is sadly likely undo that whole tradition… The point about the ‘compost heap’ metaphor is seen by comparison with hinduism’s first born, buddhism, generated in the Axial Age: the attempt to rationalize hinduism was attempted by buddhists, and the result is a mystery inside a mystery, as buddhism ends up in that compost heap itself. The question of hinduism will thus not go away because the mulch heap of legacies is the only real source for a future buddhism, something that can really deliver on a rationalized modernist contribution to secularism, after buddhism’s now declining energies driving it to dead battery status.
But that doesn’t give hindus the right to dump their tradition into secularized societies, legal rights aside. That compost heap doesn’t travel well. A far more sensible approach is precisely a streamlining of a type that can outdo what buddhism attempted to do. Buddhists after all rescued hinduism from caste law, extracted it from Vedism and the Aryan corruption of the original legacy, etc… A far more intelligent overseas hinduism should secularize itself out of existence maintaining some core legacy (we see the spread of hatha yoga here), but letting the toxic cultural dump out of the mix.
In any case, westerners should not stand for hindu/hindutva nonsense in western schools. Many spiritual guides, e.g. Osho, have shown the contempt for hinduism in its own yogis.
Most modern educated citizens are far more able to understand the essence of hinduism now than most hindus themselves.
Highly respected professors face intimidation, threats and smear campaigns for deviating from the views of the Hindu right.