No defense to intolerance or violence, but the above can simply shed a little light on India's militant nationalists. We have militant people in this country who are defending our heritage by opposing Mexicans flooding into our South West, and opposing teaching Spanish for fear of drowning the English language. Having said so, I am not giving an excuse to the militant Indians, I am simply thinking the Indians cannot possibly be as barbaric as the Muslims. The Muslims worldwide treat minorities like crap.
There is a difference between i) peaceful border patrols and protests and ii) beating people up.
"...the Indians cannot possibly be as barbaric as the Muslims..."
All the white settlers who were enslaved or raped, scalped and butchered in the 1700s and 1800s would probably disagree with you on that point.
There have been Christians in India for about 2000 years.
The Hindus and Muslims ripped their own country in two. The poorest and lowest castes tended to Islam because Islam saw equality in humans. Islam conquered by force, but if the caste system hadn't been imported by those ancient Vedic conquerors, India still might be the huge subcontinent it was 60 years ago, WITHOUT any Islam that mattered. Just a thought.
Personally, I don't see anything wrong with nationalism or religious fundamentalism. The former binds a nation together and promotes ITS interests. The latter is just one group's belief -- and there's nothing wrong with that either.
Militants, however, are a pain in the rear in all cases and in all societies. Hanoi Jane Fonda was one. She finally grew up but did MUCH damage while she was being a militant asshole.