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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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To: starfish923
because Islam saw equality in humans

Except for women, of course.
29 posted on 04/01/2005 7:54:02 AM PST by BJClinton
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To: starfish923

I cannot add to what you have said. You appear to know more about India than I do. You make good points.


47 posted on 04/01/2005 8:57:09 AM PST by conservlib
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To: starfish923
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.

That's right--just a BLIP. The British only left the Indians with a democratic form of government--the only one in that part of the world. And the English common law which the Indian law courts are modeled after. And a top-rate university system, if only for upper-class Indians. And a legacy of the English language for communication in a country with over 300 different languages. And that is why when you call Dell Computer's help desk, you get someone in India on the other end of the line.

Ya, just a BLIP.

66 posted on 04/01/2005 6:30:54 PM PST by stripes1776
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