Spiritual need is like any other need for most of the hindus, just like sex, money, family status etc.
Among them, this also comes and goes, but why we value it atleast for namesake high? Because we think of it only during distress, whereas most of the others not are when they are happy or want to be happy thru it. This sadness makes it unforgettable and profound to remember and spiritual quest is approached as a last resort after all other avenues are closed or before we give up.
When treatment to God or gods is itself purely based on a need basis, why would anyone care to uphold any heritage, let alone vedic heritage?
Frankly we only know some god names, even mythological stories we don’t know (forget having heard of words like Upanishads and brahmaSutras) but we will mock with the freedom of religious expression in movies, newspapaer cartoons but will object to westerners designing the image of Ganesh in floor mats. We own the exclusive right to mock our gods, who we can occassionaly choose to respect when someone else try to tarnish.
Most of Indians working or living in America don’t know about its historical heritage and have read only school history in glorification of mughal rulers (such is the accommodation of Indians)who literally raped and massacred thousands of hindus for 10 centuries, much much worse than jewish holocaust.
When hindus couldn’t stop aggression and conversion by force, by missionaries, and voluntary religious conversion by other hindus all throughout its history, why would the retired coffee speaking patio newsreader even bother about a single individual? The active office going middle age worker has enough problems to deal with his family wife and kids, the youth is brainwashed by these same elders to mechanically repeat the same thing over and over again.
When we have forgotten Aurobindo but remember Akbar it does say something. Indians were always free society (women obviously in the society however is an exception, the hypocritical nature of worshipping goddess but eve teasing woman would repel any westerner). Eventhough India is a land of saints and time and again in its soil blossomed so many profound thinkers, there is a startling contrast of the majority of hindus who were fed with only mythology as truth ( so its understandable why we have ganesh as traffic policeman in middle of roads in street temples blocking traffic).
This hypocricy has neither made the country like west looking for better economy through materialism, nor it has absorbed the profundity of the sages and thus what is sedimented is hypocricy, reflected in most of the actions. There should not be any caste but reservations based on caste will continue indefinitely, Gandhi saw non violence in Mahabharata not how to act on adharma and rallied the nation, practicing the phenomenon of untouchability while speaking in the stage about universal consciousness, sati as a ritual practice offering while worshipping many goddesses, obedient sons to their mothers who learnt respect to only eve tease on the bus stops and roads, Kashmir has only affected muslims but not thousands of kashmiri pundits who are refugees in their own country… Yes every society and country will have something similar, so arguing by the same point why Indians should be different?
You can organize an appeal not a revolution among ignorants. India becoming a global and economic power is what its concentration is all about, hermitage being the heritage will be a good topic for western researchers like Max Muller, Weitzel to preserve Sanskrit and Indus valley, it is safe in their hands and is more safe not in Indians.