I have no real comment, aside from the fact that when this video started and I realized what it was about, I began to laugh really loudly and without any self-control. Am I the only one?
By coincidence I saw this video right after noting that Parag Khanna has a new book out, The Future Is Asian. Here is the summary from Amazon: “In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was Americanized. Now, in the 21st century, the world is being Asianized.” It should be re-Asianized (we’re friends on LinkedIn).
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So long as South Asia has a prominent place in the coming era, I’m happy.
Give them enough money and they will do anything.
Is that Shahrukh Khan?
Yes- the first thing they should have done at the wedding is remove all mobile phones. That’s standard practise..
Singing and dancing are mostly what Indians are good at. Quelle surprise!
Already 2 BP posts on this. Why is this such a big deal? (Genuine question)
Well it’s interesting I was going to post on how I felt my Pakistani friends on Facebook were showing such jealousy about Rising India.
Pakistan positions itself as the Anti-India and when India
Is becoming a fairly glamorous super-Power; it’s hard to bear.
One could accuse me of the same thing but as I said I was a big Priyanka-Nick supporter.
The Ambani wedding is the first thing year that didn’t include an Indus ethnicity lol.. (kohli-Kapoor-singh-Chopra)..
Aren’t the Ambani’s Sindhi? I thought rule of thumb was any -ani surname is Sindhi
Sorry, I stand corrected, the Ambani clan is Gujarati according to Quoradev.
Still Indus I’d think considering Lothal
Nope – most likely they could be Lohanas, who are Sindhi-descended Gujaratis..
Of course each neighbouring region in Greater India has profound connections to one another..
However Gujaratis-Kutchis-Sindhis form a continuum.
Traditionally, in pre-Islamic India, cultural affinity was measured as a function of the distance from himavata (himalayas), i.e. orthogonal to the Indus measure seemed to be preferred by Zack.
I think this is a little more complicated than we assume. There actually is a core, agrarian Gujarat, consisting of the plains of the Mahi and Tapti which has much in common with the rest of agrarian India. The Kutchis, Saurashtrians and Memons who hail from the more arid regions, do form a continuum and are mostly involved in trade. The core Sindhis are of course based around the lower Indus plain and are super fedual. They still have bonded labour (see Haris of Sindh).
If you see the map of Gujarat election results, you will notice a stark difference in the voting patterns of the Saurashtra + Kutch vs fertile regions. The bulk of Sindhi speakers and bulk of Gujarati speakers share very little in terms of culture and history actually. Sindhi landlords consider themselves Rajputs, and have traditionally had poor relations with Delhi. Gujarati landlords are Patidars, and have had much better relations with Delhi.
In summary, core Sindhis have much more in common with Saraikis and Marwaris than they do with Gujaratis.
Perhaps because it’s in the news everywhere else. It makes for good copy. In a grotesque-fascinating kinda way.
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