The socio-cultural structures of India is the synthesis of the influences of four major world religions two of which have their root origins in India, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Islam was introduced in India when Sindh was conquered in 8th Century however, the so called incursions of Mahmud of Ghazni and Mahmud of Ghor when conversions took place. The excessive taxes imposed on the Hindus justified their conversions into Islam. Taj Mahal is a glorious lasting monument of India's Ismalic culture.
Baha'i Faith was introduced in India through trans-national communications. Narayenrao Rangnath Shethji popularly known as Vakil believed to be the first of Hindu background who accepted the Baha'i Faith through Mirza Mahram in 1909. He came from a well known Hindu family in Nawsari. Finished Law from Bombay University. Became one of the senior lawyers of Surat. Most important experiences in his life as a Baha'i were his pilgrimage to the HOly Land in Israel where he met Abd'ul-Baha and the time he became Chairmain of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i's of Burma in 1923. Vakil passed away on May o2, 1943.
Professor Pritam born on November 16, 1881 in Punjab was the first of Sikh background who accepted the Baha'i Faith through Mirza Mahamud soon after his graduation in 1904. He had a BA degree in History, Economics & political Science with distinction. He became a teacher in 1905 at Achison College, Lahore.
The important point to be noted closely is the fact that, Indian nationals of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim backgrounds find their sphere of co-existence without traces of prejudices when they become members of the BAHA'I FAITH because they are taught that, THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD, ONE RELIGION AND MANKIND IS ONE".
THIS MAKES DIVERSITY BUT IN UNITY POSSIBLE IN INDIA AS SHOWN DURING THE 62ND REPUBLIC DAY PARADE IN RAJPATH.