A HINDU priest says there is a need to create awareness among Indian youths of their culture and traditions.
Pandit Vijendra Mishra believes the Hindu culture is going backwards and many young Hindus were converting to Christianity.
“We have to create that awareness in youth. We call ourselves Sanatanis and other things but we lack knowledge of Hinduism,” he said.
“If we compare a Hindu youth with a Christian youth on religious knowledge, then the Christian youth will be able to tell you everything about Christianity while the Hindu youth wouldn’t be able to tell you everything about Hinduism.
“Christians pray before they have their meals but we Hindus don’t.”
Mr Mishra said considering the lack of knowledge of Hinduism among Hindus, he has started an internet radio service to promote the Hindu culture and tradition.
He said a friend suggested to him to do something to promote the Hindu culture and tradition among youth after noticing the lack of knowledge of these issues.
Also, he said, he was aware many young Hindus were converting to Christianity. “A Brahmin friend in Labasa who converted to Christianity said he was targeting to convert 5000 people to Christianity.
“But the thing is that if you couldn’t respect your Hindu religion, then what will you do in the other religion.”