reply to post by LABTECH767
In many respect's the Indian Culture was altered to an unrecognisable degree by Our (The British presence) but to a much lesser degree than
the previous and much more militant control by the Muslims.
What do you mean by Indian culture? Did India stop being India when the first Muslims settled on the Malabar coast in the sixth or seventh centuries?
Or when Mahmud bin Qasim captured Sind in the eighth century?
Islam is an integral part of the history of the Indian subcontinent. 160 million Indians are Muslims. Another 320 million Muslims live in Bangladesh,
Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – they are an integral and vital part of the population and culture of the region.
By the way, in case that 'our' was intended to include me, I'm not British.
India is one of the greatest nation's of the world and has the future in it's hand only held back by the cast system
I suspect I know a little more about India than you do. I have lived and worked there, and have visited more times than I can remember. Moreover, as I
said earlier, I'm South Asian, and India is the dominant political and cultural power in my region. I have literally dozens of Indian friends and
Caste (please note the spelling) is still something of a problem in India, but it is far from the biggest. India's main problem is that, for all its
advancement and its vast, teeming cities, it is still predominantly a peasant economy and culture, steeped in the patriarchy, misogyny, conservatism
and resistance to novelty that is the mark of all such cultures.
Breaking the grip of tradition will take a revolution in India, similar to that which began in Russia in 1918 and was completed by Stalin in the nick
of time to save the country from dismemberment in the Second World War. India's peasant culture is evident in mediaeval attitudes towards women,
arranged marriage, ethnic and religious rivalries, political primitivism (for all its purported democracy, Indian politics is based on personal
loyalty, favours and nepotism), pre-modern concepts of time and, yes, the occupational and social shackles of caste. All this will have to go, one way
or the other, before India can really move forward. Those people who expect the country to rival China in a few decades have no idea what they are
More's the pity. I love India and I like Indians. I would like to see them do well. They won't, unfortunately, because women cannot contribute to
India's economy in the way Chinese women can to China's, and because peasant revolts and outbreaks of ethnic and religious violence, fuelled by
attitudes of the sort that have already been displayed on this thread, will always destroy progress and throw the country back into the flames. One
thing our Muslim-bashing friend GargIndia got right: South Asians are their own worst enemies. Or rather, they are each other's worst enemies. Quite
likely even Africa will reach modernity and prosperity before South Asia does.
The Indian Einstein would never make it unless he was born on there elite cast
There are 125 million English-speaking middle-class people in India. Quite a pool from which to draw potential Einsteins.
It is correct that the British library has a vast collection of Antique and often un-translated manuscripts from around the former British
Yes, and the oldest of them dates from later than 2,000BC. So Garghindia is most certainly wrong.
There are also in both the British Museum and the Paris Museum many cuneiform tablets that have also never been decoded from the ancient
fertile crescent of Mesopotamia so don't think they don't exist.
I am aware that such things exist. However, if something has 'never been decoded', it's rather hard to say what it's about, isn't it? So how the heck
does GargIndia know what's in his '5,300-year-old manuscript'?
edit on 28/4/13 by Astyanax because: it was needed.