Indian culture, particularly Hinduism, is considered a religion that requires reverence and strict observance.
It’s also one that has been controversial in recent times, with some Indian politicians and religious leaders saying that its practices are antithetical to Western ideals of religion.
Some critics, however, have claimed that these practices are the product of an anti-Hindu agenda and that the practice of religious hand tattoos is a legitimate form of cultural expression.
“The use of hand tattoos for religious purposes in India is a highly controversial matter, but one that can only be discussed in an open, secular and tolerant way,” Dr. Shabnam Khanna, director of the Center for Religion and Culture at Harvard University, wrote in a report released earlier this year.
“A religious practice that is seen as a form of self-expression in the context of Hinduism cannot be considered a religious practice.”
The study said that religious tattoos are considered by many Hindus to be an acceptable form of expression because they are seen as an alternative to the practice by some Hindu organizations and are seen by many Muslims as a symbol of idolatry.
Dr. Shafie Ahmed, a sociologist and lecturer at Delhi University, has also argued that religious symbols are often seen as part of the fabric of modern India, and therefore should be allowed to continue.
According to Ahmed, some religious groups are trying to impose their interpretation of Hindu tradition on modern Indian society.
She told the BBC that the use of religious symbols as a way of expression is part of this, and that it’s an attempt to “take control of the symbols” of modern society.
According to the survey, the prevalence of religious tattoos is high in India.
According to the study, almost 70 percent of Indian men have hand tattoos on their arms, while more than 40 percent of men of Indian origin have at least one tattoo.
The study also found that the number of hand tattooed men in India has increased from 15 percent in 2005 to 28 percent in 2017.
The survey also said that about 60 percent of women in India have hand tattoo on their legs, with 25 percent of the women saying that they have hand tattos on their buttocks.
The survey also showed that the prevalence rates of religious tattooing has decreased over the past decade.
The number of religious people in India fell from about 22 percent in 2004 to 12 percent in 2015.