Dr. Iniyan Elango argues that "Hinduism" is a colonial and post colonial contruct which was institutionalised in the 'modern' India against the wishes of the lower castes , and therefore the religious labels of “Hindu and Hinduism” should not be imposed on backward castes (Shudras), scheduled castes (Dalits) and scheduled tribes (aboriginal Adivasis)
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. - American writer Edgar Allan Poe
In addition, article 25 (2) (b) Explanation II of the Indian constitution states as follows: In sub-clause (b) of clause (2), the reference to Hindus shall be construed as including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jaina or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious institutions shall be construed accordingly. Thus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists have also been constitutionally deemed to be “Hindus”.
Educating the masses belonging to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward castes about the fraudulent socio-legal construct of Hinduism in the aforementioned manner is imperative for challenging the rise of Hindu religious extremist fascism which is ideologically spearheaded by the Brahmins, since backward castes and Dalits who are brainwashed and deluded into the fraudulent “Hindu” religious identity are used as foot soldiers to unleash murderous mayhem against Muslims and Christians. The rise of the Hindu religious fascist totalitarian politics is itself a reactionary reaction to the socio-political challenge thrown on the fraudulent Hindu religious construct by the assertion of people belonging to backward castes and scheduled castes who are struggling against the exclusion caused by Hindu caste bigotry through social justice movements (such as the “Mandal” movement), which made the Brahmin led “twice born” trio of supremacist upper castes to unleash the “Hindutva” fascist movement through violence and demagoguery against Muslims and Christians, in order to consolidate the backward castes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes under the Hindu umbrella to secure the fraudulent Hindu religious identity which cloaks the bigoted caste system and the elitist power of the “twice born” trio of supremacist upper castes led by the Brahmins.
The Rig Veda is primarily an invocation to Indra, Agni and other Vedic Gods who are not worshipped by the working people of India derided as “Shudras” (BC/SC/ST) people. It is indeed true that Gods, Goddesses and other folk deities worshipped in the various native and rural indigenous religions of backward castes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes are totally absent in the Vedas and other Sanskritic Brahmanical texts such as Upanishads, Shruthis and Smrithis which form the theological and legal basis of Hinduism as codified by Hindu law. Similarly there is no reference to "Siva" in these Sanskritic Hindu texts which codify Hinduism. My earlier reference to the absence of "Visnu" in the Sanskritic texts codifying Hinduism should be clarified and understood in the following light: Though the Rig Veda is primarily an invocation to Indra, Agni and other Vedic Gods, the “Visnu” mentioned in the Rig Veda bears no resemblance to the God “Thirumaal” of Tamil Vaishnavite texts. “Thirumaal” worship by Shudras has been co-opted by Brahmins by giving the Vedic God “Visnu's” name to “Thirumaal” and other such Shudra schools of worship such as Saivism [worshipping “Seyon” (Siva)] and Kaumaram [worshipping “Muruga”] have been co-opted by Brahmins and instituted with the caste system, with the manufacture of mythological stories linking the Gods of BC/SC/ST people with Vedic Gods and the monopolistic domination of Brahmins as priests in the temples of Shudra religions (of BC/SC/ST people) in order to institute the caste system in the latter.