fpy asks why I think that Indian nationalism is particularly dangerous.
What makes Indian nationalism uniquely malignant?
They are basically all ultranationalists. They’re fanatics. Seriously, horribly brainwashed fanatics. They’re about as brainwashed as your average North Korean.
I have never met an Indian who was not livid with rage over Kashmir. And their heads were filled with lies. 90% of the people of Kashmir are Muslims. After independence, they wanted to go to Pakistan, but the ruler was a Hindu, and he wanted to stay with India. So Kashmir stayed with India, even though in 1948, the UN ruled that India had to allow Kashmir a plebiscite regarding whether they wanted to go to Pakistan or India.
The truth as I studied it in the early 1990’s was that maybe 90% of Kashmiris want independence and were supporting armed guerrillas fighting the Indian state. The insurgency was brutally crushed by India. Now, Kashmir is on fire again with an intifada. Young Kashmiris are being killed nearly every day in this Indian War of the Stones. It’s so clear that most Kashmiris do not want to be part of India.
I have talked to many Indians on this subject, and they are almost all insane. Dangerously insane. These views are typical: All Kashmiris want to stay with India. Or, following Golda Meir, there are no such thing as Kashmiris. 100% of the insurgency is coming from outside, from the evil enemy state Pakistan. It’s not internal to Kashmir at all.
Even now this War of the Stones, which is so obviously a grassroots popular rebellion, is being blamed 100% on Pakistan. The stone-throwers are all being put up to it by Pakistani terrorist organizations, the Indian nationalists say.
It’s hard to believe that educated people could believe this crap, but they do. Ignorance and rage on that level are frightening. Your average Indian reminds me of an Israeli, or a Turk. Basically a flaming, lying, brainwashed, ultranationalist, militant, militaristic kook.
And they are seriously filled with hatred and rage, especially towards the West. They are dangerous people. The place has nuclear weapons!
Full of rage at the failed nature of their society, yet at the same time filled with tremendous pride. Their whole thing is that India was the greatest state on Earth until evil Muslims and British took over and ruined it. They’re furious at the West. We came in there, told them their religion was shit, told them their culture was crap, told them their science was garbage, and they’re still pissed.
Failed nations that are full of pride yet and full of rage at their fall, especially at the scapegoats who ruined their glorious nation, who dream of the Lazarus rising from the fire to reclaim to glories of old, are very dangerous states. These are the essential ingredients of fascism. And Indian nationalists have that in spades.
They remind me of Germans in the interwar period. Very fascist-like people.