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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Rise of India

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There is an old adage which says ``be careful what you wish for, you might get it``. According to the Daily Standard, the Bush administration is apparently trying to turn India into a superpower. India has always been a tentative ally at best, and has opposed us frequently. The Indians come from a very different social and religious tradition, and may or may not make good allies. (Certainly, Islam is a major religions in India, and one never knows what the future may hold in that regard.) India is essentially a single-party state, which doesn`t exactly place it in the Western camp. I think we should be very careful who we promote to world power. Hinduism recognizes three entities as parts of God (they are pantheists-meaning they think everything and everyone is part of God.) There is Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. Which one will an Indian superpower be?

Thanks, Village Fool!



Blogger BobG said...

I visited India in recent years, your points are well taken.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Aussiegirl said...

The coming decades will definitely see a larger role being played by the east. China is definitely already a problem, and India? I don't know enough about the country's politics to say, except at least nominally they are a democracy and I thought the majority of Indians were Hindus -- and regardless of what they believe, I've never seen Hindus wage war against any of their neighbors except Pakistan, which it rightly fears. Perhaps the idea is to cultivate more friendly regimes there that can counter Pakistan, should Pakistan fall into extremist hands, which it very well could, I imagine that Mussharaff's hold on power is always tentative, and that there are plenty of Osama fans just itching to get their fingers on the nuclear button. India may prove to be an invaluable ally in such an event, with bases, and a large army as well as their nuclear weapons. Thanks for the post on the Pope's passing as well, Eblogger is having hiccups again and wouldn't let me comment there -- so here I am. And let's not forget, they have an English history, that left them a legacy of a certain kind of behavior and morality. So was Pakistan of course, but we know how Islam can deform any state.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

You make some very good points, Aussiegirl. I`m sure your right about the reasons for the promotion of India as a bulwark against Pakistan (and China, too!) You`re also right about Hindus being generally a peaceable bunch, and India having somewhat of an English tradition. I don`t necessarily believe India will become a great enemy of ours, I just fear we don`t know WHAT will happen if India becomes a superpower. India is very different from the United States,a nd has a population now hovering at a billion. Unlike Madame de Albright, I am very comfortable with the United States being the lone superpower. I see no reason to do what we have been doing in recent years; we have been helping the E.U. to become a superpower, and now we`re pushing India. I question the wisdom that`s all.

You could be right; India could prove to be an invaluable ally and friend. Indian domination of Asia would certainly be preferable to Red China. Who knows?

Your posts on the Pope were excellent! I really enjoyed them!

E-blogger has been giving me fits, too!

5:11 AM  
Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Maybe they can just be the big boy on the block policing the area in a way which is friendly to our policies and security. India is far from ever rivalling the U.S. as a superpower, that huge population, I think, is as much a burden as it is an asset. No question, India has a lot of highly educated and brilliant people, it's going to be more and more influential no matter what we do.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Ashish Hanwadikar said...

First, India is not a single-party state. In fact, it is a very vibrant democracy with a strong emphasis on individual rights. See my blog for details.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

India is there for n-thousand years.

Read India's history and you will come to know that that American Continent was found out because the founders wanted to reach India.

India had been the sole superpower of this world for millenia. INDIA NEVER ATTACKED ANYONE. WE HAVE ONLY DEFRENDED OURSELVES.

Finally India will become superpower again and Jesus wants this to happen for this world to become a more peaceful place.

We are the best.

10:11 AM  

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