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To: starfish923
India has endured many things its history. The Muslims concurring and forcing the conversion of millions to Islam. The British occupation and treatment of the natives as second class. As a reaction to this some militant nationalists are asserting themselves and even perhaps "conserving" their heritage?

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.

14 posted on 04/01/2005 7:03:21 AM PST by conservlib
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To: conservlib
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.

There is a difference between i) peaceful border patrols and protests and ii) beating people up.

16 posted on 04/01/2005 7:14:47 AM PST by wesley_windam-price
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To: conservlib

"...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.


17 posted on 04/01/2005 7:21:06 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: conservlib

There have been Christians in India for about 2000 years.


19 posted on 04/01/2005 7:27:29 AM PST by GoLightly
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To: conservlib
I know about Indian history; don't need the little lecture.
I was being a smart aleck but I sure pushed YOUR button. I didn't mean to. I really don't care about India or Hindus. They have made their own history, all by themselves and will continue to do so.
The British bought their way in, out-snootied the ultra class snoots in India, never controlled all of India, did some good, some harm and got out of there at the end of WWII. They are a BLIP in India's history.

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.

21 posted on 04/01/2005 7:31:02 AM PST by starfish923
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