Razib asks the important question as to why India doesn’t look toward China. I can think of 3 reasons why:
(1.) The Sindhis of HK are deeply linked into the Chinese marketplace. Some of them speak excellent Cantonese/Mandarin however the Sindhis follow a generic Americanised TKC template rather than anything local. They speak to each other in English and when they do marry/interact with Chinese in personal matters most of the time it is in English. The Sindhi diaspora are an excellent barometer of where India will go. They have sufficient ties to the Motherland, open-minded (moreso than the Gujarati and Punjabi communities in the UK) and they dance between their their Karachi-esque hubs; Dubai, HK & London. Mumbai of course is their global capital post 1947.
As an aside it’s astonishing how Sindhis try to replicate Sindh/Karachi abroad and for some Dubai hits that sweet spot. I’ll expand on this in a later post.
(2.) I was looking at the facebook post of an old contact of mine. He’s related to Saif through the Bhopali line (and I think he has connections to the Hyderbadi families; the surname is sufficiently militaristic). At any rate he posted this on his profile:
The Headmaster of Doon is of Coloniser Stock. It’s difficult to move away from the West when all of your great institutions remain captive. Pakistan had an English headmaster who was lauded for not leaving so both countries are to some extent mentally colonised.
After the jump is my treat to BP reader; no prizes for guessing what point 3 is going to be all about..
(3.) The ghost of Islam and her bride Iran shadows India forever more. The High Culture of India is so shaped by this encounter with Islam over the past millennia that as much as Brahmins try to hack away at this heritage it leave a hollow space. That’s why even though Pakistan is a poor country (it’s been left behind in South Asia as Pakistanis are being left behind in Diaspora) it has maintained it’s soul like the Palestinians. I have noticed with Hindutva and Zionists is that they can’t propose an alternative High Culture unless it is fully satured in Anglospheric constructs. There are few living continuous traditions in the world; Christendom, Islam, China but India & Israel (two Great Powers) were under these dominions during the key medieval and middle ages when High Cultures were being formed.
Granted let’s take the point that Pakistanis are converted Hindu who speak without the suppleness of Hindustani or the elegance of UrduKhari Boli with a few bits of Persian words thrown in for fun. But when Aam Admi sings the Qaumi Taranah; he’s basically singing Dari with one local word thrown in.
Pakistan exerts an outsized influence in the Indian imagination despite being such a small country. This is by virtue of geography and history but also because we retain the Ghost of a High Culture by which India has been predominantly known to the World. Subtract Islam from the equation, as they’ve been trying to do, for the last 200yrs and you basically end up with Hinglish. This dialect which is hollow, completely colonised by the West and entirely demotic (without the suppleness of Hindustani or the elegance of Urdu) is a good proxy for the results of force-fed Sanskritisation. Indian must once again look to her former colonisers in the Anglosphere to provide national coherence and a guide to go forward..