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in response to reader comment: And why does India support dictators and Islamists?

Submitted by car313 (India), Oct 28, 2011 at 23:55

Every word of what you write is true.

But not being a world leader in anything india i guess has had to follow the leader. Whether communist or capitalist. If you really look at it closely, india, whether it supports this or that bloc is largely irrelevant and rather simply ceremonial. When it comes to why india is 'for' all islamic countries except pakistan you should look at the map. Sharing such a large border with a paranoid islamic state has its own inevitabilities.

As for supporting the oic or the arab league, i guess the arab league let us wait and watch at the door because india will forever have to keep in mind its own restive muslim population. Though the muslims of india have largely been somewhat secular, there are growing trends of salafism and wahhabism.

I suppose being patronized by the arab league is far less of a farce than saudi arabia being a us ally. Whats more, the arabs with full us support are even on the committees for gender equality. Now which do you think is the greater farce. As india has to live with a substantial muslim population (nearly 12 to 15 percent) us has to hob nob with brutal arab regimes not because of american muslim population. The whole question is one of oil and oil profits.

So i suppose though india can be blamed soundly on the points you raise, us is way more ahead on the scale of islamic/dictator appeasement. I have not elaborated on the indian 'sin' of voting with the communist bloc. But the issue is largely irrelevant today after the sabotage of the former ussr.


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