1. Nationalism – defined by – “Love for nation and willingness to sacrifice for it” has it’s origins in Vedas and Hinduism. Vedas encourage to live with dignity and respect for nation. Vedas provide hints on how and why this is the best way to maximize bliss for entire world, which is one single family.
Vedas clearly state that the first religion is “Loyalty towards motherland”.
Everything else – being Hindu, Muslim or Christian – comes next. Some religious cults teach to turn traitors when an enemy nation attacks motherland just because enemy follows my religion.
Communists in India were supporting China during 1962 war simply because Karl Marx is dearer to them than Mother India. Vedas have no place for this treachery.
In fact, the concept of Motherland or Matribhoomi or Bharat Mata or Maa Tujhe Salaam or Vande Mataram has its origin in Bhoomi Sukta of Atharva Veda.
2. Unlike what we see today in the name of liberalism in India, which is nothing more than running away from real issues which scare the shit out of self-proclaimed liberals, roots of Hinduism encourage to be fearlessly liberal.
Vedas and yogic texts provide clues and inspiration on how and why to stand for what we think is right as per our own soul, rather than just accepting what the majority or the most powerful is forcing to accept. That is why history of Hindu society is filled with examples of such courageous liberal heroes who changed the course of history with their enterprisingly brave projects.
They were inspired by none other than Vedic wisdom which demands that we as seekers strengthen our own inner-voice to an extent, that we be able to be guided by it and act accordingly even in most demanding of situations, rather than just giving up to external pressures from majority or the corruptly powerfuls.
Vedas encourage Apostasy.
Unlike later era cults where punishment for apostasy (rejecting prevailing faith privately or publicly) is death, Vedic culture hails those who question prevailing religious or social practices as Gods, Bhagwans, Avatars or Saints.
Thus Gautam Buddha, Guru Nanak, Sant Kabir, Swami Dayanand Saraswati – all are considered as icons of Dharma or spiritualism. The basic premise is simple and rational – unless society encourages people to think freely, out of the box, originally and question present conditions, how can there be improvements, progress and innovations?
That is why we see that the societies where apostasy is /punished are among the most uncivilized terror-prone hells on earth. Entire Europe was in lawless darkness till Pope held dominance.
One clearly knows what is the situation in Africa, Middle East and even our next door neighbors of Western border.