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Thiagan, you need to read Bible (Old Testament) for better info

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Submitted by Sadhasiv (United States), May 14, 2008 at 11:45

In Gen 12:3 God says to Abraham, "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee"
Gen 26:3 to Isaac (not Ismail): "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father"
Gen 28:14b to Jacob (son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham): "...and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed"
Num 24:1-5 "And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 'He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!'"

(Baalam was an archenemy of Israel)

So, both you and Salim Farukh have reached incorrect conclusions. The reason for India's success is neither in India's electoral system, nor in the choice of Hinduism*** by the majority, but in the choice (since 1992) to "bless" Israel (by having diplomatic relations with it); it is not coincidental that India's rapid economic growth started precisely in 1992!

***Also, to overload you now: the definition of the word "Hindu" has never been truly tight.

  • Under early Muslim rule (Ghori to Tuqluk), the (derogatory) definition applied to all natives of Sub-continent under Sultanate rule, regardless of religion or absence thereof
  • Under later Sultanate (and Mughal) rule, the (still derogatory) definition applied to all non-Muslims (including Sikhs and Jains)
  • Under British rule pre-1926, the tightest definition, all not included under Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Parsi, "untouchable" and aboriginal-tribal (Jews, due to rather small numbers, were lumped under Christian)
  • Post-1926 (due to lobbying by K.M. Munshi), "untouchables" and aboriginal-tribal religions were included in the blanket definition--this is also the current definition.
Source: "The Confusion Called Conversion", Ebenezer Sunder Raj, 1988.
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