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Misreading? Doubtful.

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in response to reader comment: You are misreading religion in India

Submitted by Richard Benkin (United States), Apr 5, 2014 at 07:56

I've spent enough time in India to understand the complex motivations and dynamics that go behind pretty much any action a Westerner might encounter. Similarly, I've spent enough intensive time with political, business, and religious leaders to understand the complexity of all that might appear a certain way on the surface. And that's the point, motivations are complex and not simplistic or one-dimensional as the commenter portrays. I've been close enough with enough people to pierce the various veneers that drive ideological or motive-based behavior.

Know it. Without distinguishing between Middle Eastern and South Asia based Islam, one is doomed to chasing his or her tail. Islam, like other faiths, grows in the soil of a time and place. They provide its context.

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