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“It (is) not easy ... to draw a line between Hindu nationalism and true nationalism. The two overlap as India is the only home of Hindus and they form a majority there.” — J. Nehru in Glimpses of World History
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Those who permit slaying of animals; those who bring animals for slaughter; those who slaughter; those who sell meat; those who purchase meat; those who prepare dishes out of meat; those who serve that meat and those who eat it are all murderers. - Manusmrithi 5.51
When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.” — Oscar Wilde
"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world." — Voltaire
"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards humanity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support error and roguery all over the earth." — Thomas Jefferson
Many Indians think the term Hindu is a foreign word because it was used by the Persians to identify the people who lived east of the River Sindhu. This is not entirely correct, and the term as a religious and cultural indicator should not be discarded by self-styled Sanatana Dharma purists.
The designator Hindu is a distortion of the river's Sanskrit name Sindhu (called Hindus in Old Persian, from which Indus is derived). In many vernaculars sa is replaced with ha, and Sindhu becomes Hindu. This does not make Hindu a foreign word. The Agama Shastra has reference to Hindu desha demarking the territory of Bharat from Himachala to the Indusarovara (Indian Ocean).
The ancient Greeks referred to "the people of the Indus" as Indoi. The 3rd century bce Greek ethnographer Megasthenes called the land east of the Indus Indica and wrote a fabulous collection of lies about his visit there called, of course, Indica.
During Roman times India---or Indica---became a synonym for Asia and lands east of the Roman Empire's frontiers. Egypt and Ethiopia up to China and Japan were referred to as Indica---literally 'of India'. This use of the term is reflected in modern geographical names like Indo-china and Indo-nesia.