Hinduism

The religion and ways of the Indians have long confounded the westerners of Victoriana. Hinduism is one of the oldest major religions on the planet, predating Aluminat faith by several thousand years. As such, many see it as a pagan religion. Indeed, its worship of Gods is heresy to the more ardent Aluminat. However, even before the Aluminat faith existed, it was a religion of order and balance. Every Hindu must recognize his place in the universe and take responsibility for his actions (Karma).

In general, the British Empire decided to leave the locals to their pagan ways. Hinduism did no harm, and mostly fitted with Aluminat doctrine. It is seen as a religion for those too ill bred or filled with foreign ways to understand the full glory of the Aluminat. It is good enough for the peasants, but any Englishman who falls for it has spent too long with the natives. The British have built many new churches and encouraged Aluminat worship among as many Indians as they can. However, Hinduism is far too entrenched to squash, and to try to do so would have made governing India very difficult indeed. For the pragmatic British in this case, Empire came before Faith.