Global Times: Thanks to Hinduism, India doesn’t have radical Islam – ET

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“Indians attach great importance to spiritual matters while Chinese are more concerned about material matters. Such different worldviews are the source and explanation of all differences between China and India as well as the misunderstandings the two peoples harbour toward each other.” – Global Times

After China’s climb down on Doklam, the state-run media has softened its shrill tone against India. An article in Global Times appreciates Hinduism for preventing the spread of radical Islam.

“Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world?” the article raises the question, citing the Islamist unrest in other parts of Asia: “Indian Muslims seldom have extreme organizations compared with groups in many other Asian countries. In the southern part of the Philippines, extremists backed by Islamic State have turned their occupied cities into horrible places. In southern Thailand, terror attacks staged by Muslim extremists take place almost every week.”

The article attributes the absence of radical Islam in India to Hinduism. It says India breaks the “arc of Islam” in Asia: “In Asia as a whole, Islam forms an arc that includes the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Thailand, southern Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Central Asian countries. There are tensions at various degrees at junctions in this arc where it encounters other religions and ethnicity, but a dent exists in the Indian portion of this arc.”

It says this lack of Islamic extremism in India gives it a tall standing in the world, and that’s the reason why it reckons with the US, Japan, Russia and European countries when it comes to their Asia policies. “The lack of Islamic extremists in India has helped determine its role in Asia,” it says.

Media rhetoric is a significant part of China’s foreign policy as was seen during the Doklam conflict. Is the article in praise of Hinduism linked in any way to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China next week for the BRICS Summit?

In a June article, Global Times had blamed Hinduism for misunderstandings between China and India: “Indians attach great importance to spiritual matters while Chinese are more concerned about material matters. Such different worldviews are the source and explanation of all differences between China and India as well as the misunderstandings the two peoples harbour toward each other.” – The Economic Times, 30 August 2017

Indian PM Modi with Chinese priest at Daxingshan Buddhist Temple in Xi'anGlobal Times

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2 Responses

  1. What is this article talking about? No Islamic extremism? What about Jihad attacks for the last 1200 years killing off 80 million Hindus. What about temple demolitions, recently what about “Pandit” cleansing in Kashmir?The numerous Jihad attacks like the 1993 Mumbai bombings, the attack on the parliament, etc etc. This article seems to be far from the truth

  2. Temple of Heaven in Beijing

    The Myth of China’s Historical Dominance – Hinduism Today – Hawaii – 31 August 2017 (from The Telegraph, Kolkata)

    China did not ever enjoy military or cultural supremacy in Asia!

    The West has built a lot of myths about China which others, including in India, have accepted without challenge. That China was for centuries the dominant power in Asia and is now on the way to recovering that lost status is one such myth. This historical distortion is serving to legitimize China’s hegemonic ambitions, as if China has the right to recover its natural position in Asia and any resistance amounts to denying the Chinese their due. The question is never asked as to how China dominated India, the second largest Asian country that has always been comparable in terms of the depth of civilization, demography as well as geography. Did China ever dominate India politically, economically, militarily or otherwise?

    In reality, the Indian civilization owes nothing to China, whereas China is heavily marked by the influence of Indian civilization through Buddhism. A visit to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing reveals how deep the imprint of Buddhist thinking and architecture on Chinese imperial monuments is. The connection with the Indian civilization is palpable in China. There is no such imprint or legacy of Han China in India. Even in Southeast Asia, the Indian civilizational influence is far more marked than the Chinese. The pervasive influence of Hindu epics and Sanskrit on the cultural landscape of Southeast Asia is truly remarkable. Militarily too, China has not dominated Asia. In fact, China has had no historical contact with India on its land frontiers and therefore any notion that China had military supremacy in Asia is totally false.

    Read the original article by Kanwal Sibal at The Telegraph, Kolkata.

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