Hinduism and Islam share some ritual practices such as fasting and pilgrimage, but differ in their views on apostasy, blasphemy, circumcision, consanguineous marriages, idol making, henotheism, social stratification, vegetarianism, and Ahimsa as a virtue.
Their historical interaction since the 7th century has witnessed periods of cooperation and syncretism, as well as periods of religious violence.
Both languages are used in parliament, in the judiciary, in communications between the central government and state government, and for other official purposes.
Hinduism mostly shares common terms with the dhārmic religions, including Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
The first half of the booklet, guidelines for health services, covers a wide gamut of subjects: including communication issues, religious observances, dietary needs, astrological beliefs, decision making, traditional medicines and remedies, medicines of animal origin, maternity services, home visits, rehabilitation and end of life issues.
The second half is devoted to Hindu beliefs that relate to health care.
Itis spoken in much of north and central India alongside other languages such as Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi or Bengali.
In other parts of India, as well as in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Hindi is understood, and there is a significant number of Hindi speakers in South Africa, Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Nepal.