Imagine yourself as an Indian going to the USA some 120 years ago. Most Americans would never have seen someone from India. And after reaching there, you dare to criticize their religion and their society on their face. Even today, most people would not dare do this. Just think of the amount of courage and faith in yourself required.
Today’s needull is a newspaper report from 1894 on Swami Vivekananda. The reporter hasn’t even spelled his name correctly and does not know the difference between Hinduism and Buddhism. More than half the report marvels at Swamiji’s appearance and grammatically correct English.