India has abolished Kashmir's autonomy and protections.

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India has been remarkably successful in sustaining Western democracy, given the appalling levels of (well, let’s start with) poverty, misogyny, casteism, corruption and civil strife of various sorts (including sectarian attacks on Muslims that have spiked since Modi arrived) which fester there. The wonder is that a) the country survived at all and b) a Modi-like demagogue with simple, nasty answers did not arrive sooner.
 


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India has been remarkably successful in sustaining Western democracy, given the appalling levels of (well, let’s start with) poverty, misogyny, casteism, corruption and civil strife of various sorts (including sectarian attacks on Muslims that have spiked since Modi arrived) which fester there. The wonder is that a) the country survived at all and b) a Modi-like demagogue with simple, nasty answers did not arrive sooner.
Yes, India has been remarkably successful given its handicaps. It is hard to fully appreciate just how handicapped India is until you know it intimately. The poverty, corruption, and lack of cohesion are genuinely impossible for the average European (that is to say, a modern European who hasn't spent any/significant time there) to fully conceive. Like almost everywhere else it is a problem driven by human culture. Its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses are cultural. But it is a struggle India is winning. It is striving and progressing. A massively impressive country.
Mohdi is a reflection of modern India. They measure themselves (as well they should) against the Chinese, Europe and America snd strive for the same eminence they enjoy. One of the things they see in that reflection is how none of the aforementioned tolerate the level of sedition Kashmir brings. And Kashmir is a problem more intractable than Northern Ireland and more akin with that of Israel.
 

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Mohdi is a reflection of modern India. They measure themselves (as well they should) against the Chinese, Europe and America snd strive for the same eminence they enjoy. One of the things they see in that reflection is how none of the aforementioned tolerate the level of sedition Kashmir brings. And Kashmir is a problem more intractable than Northern Ireland and more akin with that of Israel.
He’s taking India down a majoritarian path with a pronounced sectarian edge that will hinder the country over the longer term if he retains power. There’s no question he’s a religious fanatic. His solution here is reminiscent of Israel, China and 19’th century North America but it’s just the start of a deeper, anti-secular agenda.
 
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The trouble for Pakistan is that there is little they can do here other than needle India about it.

They cant go to War and expect to win

The insurgency in Kashmir has burned out

- and the International Community doesn't want to know

Be sure Modi has a Game Plan here and has factored all this in.
 

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For the likers (Splodge, owedtojoy and Golah veNekhar) however, a call for consistency. Why is major demographic change imposed against the will of the established population bad for Kashmiris yet good for Europeans?
I am against mass immigration per se for which I have been called a neo-nazi on here.

India's claims to be a secular democracy are more than shakey- large areas of India are under martial law and the Indian has engaged in genocidal policies against the inhabitants of certain of those areas. Hinduism- a Religion in practice very much akin to Voodoo in Haiti only with a very complex and cruel caste system- shapes much of life there, does so increasingly, and is behind the sickening illiteracy rates.

But hey it is a country which is "good" for Western capitalists so yeah, India....
 

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The trouble for Pakistan is that there is little they can do here other than needle India about it.

They cant go to War and expect to win

The insurgency in Kashmir has burned out

- and the International Community doesn't want to know

Be sure Modi has a Game Plan here and has factored all this in.
Same old story - might is right.
 

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I am against mass immigration per se for which I have been called a neo-nazi on here.

India's claims to be a secular democracy are more than shakey- large areas of India are under martial law and the Indian has engaged in genocidal policies against the inhabitants of certain of those areas. Hinduism- a Religion in practice very much akin to Voodoo in Haiti only with a very complex and cruel caste system- shapes much of life there, does so increasingly, and is behind the sickening illiteracy rates.

But hey it is a country which is "good" for Western capitalists so yeah, India....
More nonsense from you. At least you aren't bashing Jews.
 

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Modi may have been spooked into this abrupt move by Trump’s offer to mediate between the two parties.
 

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You really are a geyser of bull.
India's claims to be a secular democracy are more than shakey
No they aren't. They are a secular country in a sea of religious nutjobs.
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- large areas of India are under martial law and the Indian has engaged in genocidal policies against the inhabitants of certain of those areas.
Bull. Link.

Hinduism- a Religion in practice very much akin to Voodoo in Haiti only with a very complex and cruel caste system- shapes much of life there, does so increasingly, and is behind the sickening illiteracy rates.
Attention: Your mask slipped and your pathetic religious bigotry is showing. "Increasingly"? More bull. Low-caste Indians are better off than ever—but that’s not saying much
"sickening illiteracy rates"? They're at 86%. Impressive progress for a poor country with a colossal rural population and miles ahead of Pakistan, Afghanistan

But hey it is a country which is "good" for Western capitalists so yeah, India....
This post is a really good example a low IQ bigot trying and failing to dress their bigotry up with "facts".
 

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India does not do well on press feedom. It is ranked here at 140 in the world, 2 spots above Pakistan:


The rot starts at the top. Modi had one press conference as PM in five years - hard to know why he bothered given that he refused to answer any questions.


He prefers one-on-one encounters with journos from regime-friendly outlets where the most difficult questions are along ‘how come you’re doing such a great job’ lines. Genuine journalists have a much harder time these days, especially women who are often denounced as ‘presstitutes’ by the BJP troll army and suffer harrassment (and worse) from the police:

As Reporters Without Borders rightly points out many journalists in India - myself included -- are now exercising an unparalleled level of self censorship in the world’s largest democracy.

“With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of ‘anti-national’ thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media,” the Paris-based group said in its report published on Wednesday.

“Journalists are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by the most radical nationalists, who vilify them and even threaten physical reprisals.”
 
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India does not do well on press feedom. It is ranked here at 140 in the world, 2 spots above Pakistan:


The rot starts at the top. Modi had one press conference as PM in five years - hard to know why he bothered given that he refused to answer any questions.


He prefers one-on-one encounters with journos from regime-friendly outlets where the most difficult questions are along ‘how come you’re doing such a great job’ lines. Genuine journalists have a much harder time these days, especially women who are often denounced as ‘presstitutes’ by the BJP troll army and suffer harrassment (and worse) from the police:


You really have your work cut out for you trying to compare Pakistan favourably with India. Pakistan is a failed state and - not coincidentally - a hotbed of Islamic fanaticism. Countries like India do better (and you'll hear this from Indians themselves) with the "strong man" type of leader.
 

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You really have your work cut out for you trying to compare Pakistan favourably with India. Pakistan is a failed state and - not coincidentally - a hotbed of Islamic fanaticism. Countries like India do better (and you'll hear this from Indians themselves) with the "strong man" type of leader.
Well, I’m just quoting the report there and the two countries are only being compared using one narrow criterion on which India was actually slightly better. If India is going to stick with a ‘strong man’ like Modi and let him do what he likes, press freedom is unlikely to improve.
 
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Well, I’m just quoting the report there and the two countries are only being compared using one narrow criterion on which India was actually slightly better. If India is going to stick with a ‘strong man’ like Modi and let him do what he likes, press freedom is unlikely to improve.
You're talking about a part of the world you know nothing about beyond your own prejudices and news reports. Modi isn't doing "what he likes". He is doing what the Indian people want. Which is why they elected him. I've spent time in India. I've spent time in Pakistan. Outside of religious fanaticism, there is nothing that Pakistan does better than India with the single exception of Biriyani. Pakistani mutton biriyani is to die for.
 

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You're talking about a part of the world you know nothing about beyond your own prejudices and news reports. Modi isn't doing "what he likes". He is doing what the Indian people want. Which is why they elected him. I've spent time in India. I've spent time in Pakistan. Outside of religious fanaticism, there is nothing that Pakistan does better than India with the single exception of Biriyani. Pakistani mutton biriyani is to die for.
I'm just a random internet loon offering opinions on p.ie. I've never been to either country. Pakistan has produced better fast bowlers (although even there India is catching up with its current crop) and squash players. The point I wanted to make is more modest than that; India is keeping grim company these days in the media freedom league.
 
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