BENGALURU: Hinduism is misunderstood as a narrow religion but in reality it is a very inclusive and broad-minded religion, said M K Sridhar, member of the Central Advisory Board of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Delivering the keynote address at a ‘Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2016’ organised at National College Grounds on Wednesday, Sridhar said that Hinduism needs to be understood. “It is a religion that spreads not by conversion but by conviction,” he said.

Highlighting the greatness of Indian culture and tradition, the former management professor of Bangalore University stated that the world has started making a hue and cry over environmental issues of late but India gave importance to the environment centuries ago.

“India’s focus has always been on prevention. We are not reactionary but are more pro-active,” he added.
Former chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, Dr Kasturirangan, in his Chief guest address said that India stood on the 6th or 7th level among nations when it came to economic progress. “If the same level of progress is maintained, it could reach the third position by 2030,” he said.

India has made immense contributions to the world of Ayurveda, Astronomy, Yoga and Mathematics, he said.

The Spiritual Fair, with book stalls by many spiritual groups, will conclude on December 18.