What are some misconceptions the West have about India?
Almost all of what Westerners "know" about India always came through evangelists and Brits. Most westerners fail to realize that almost all of what they "know" about India still comes through these same propagandists, adversarial distortionists, manipulators, etc. Christian academics, sensationalist media, biased BBC, NYT, etc. Then, with this misinformation, Westerners, and their smaller media houses, play chinese whishpers among themselves. So, the biggest misconception is when Westerners think they know anything about India, or, that they can know anything properly.
In reality, almost all of what they know is distorted, questionable, and, they have no proper sources for India. Almost whole of what they have is propaganda, passed off as "information" or "knowledge".