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"To me, I confess that [countries] are pieces on a chessboard,
upon which is being played out a game for the domination
of the world
                                            Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, 1898

Following the dissipation of the "Grand optimism of Empire divided by class  & wealthand over two centuries of imperial rule driven by discovery & progression - as a direct result of prejudice & oppression - Viscount Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last British Governor-General of India, announced - on 3 June 1947 - the partitioning of the British Indian Empire into a secular India and a Muslim Pakistan

At midnight, on 15 August 1947, India became an independent nation.

Violent clashes between Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs followed.

Mark Leonard has said elsewhere that -

"Europe's big idea
- multilateralism - has little following in modern India.
This is partly because India's colonial past has led to a suspician of international involvement in the internal affairs of other countries.

India sees itself as the biggest loser of the Yalta settlement which granted permanent seats on the UN Security Council to China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. India's failure to get a permanent veto-wielding seat at the Security Council will continue to grate, and contribute to a sense that the world order is organised against it 

... moreover, Delhi, unlike the US - or the EU for that matter - shows no desire to spread democracy around the world, using its experience of colonialism as an explanation for its reluctance to engage in any kind of "civilsing misssion".

This has left India free to develop friendly relationships with dubious regimes, advancing its economic interests in the process ... will make it a swing state rather than a pole in its own right ... and will increasingly have the casting vote on important decisions, BUT will not shape the emerging world order " -
UNTIL such time as they can get their own house in order !!!???


"Turning more particularly to Islam and the West, it must be emphasized that whether we are Muslims, Jews, Christians, or even secularists, whether we live in the Islamic world or the West, we are in need of meaning in our lives, of ethical norms to guide our actions, of a vision that would allow us to live at peace with each other and with the rest of God’s creation. It is in the achievement of this task that both the formal aspect and the inner message of Islam as well as those of other religions can come to our aid as can nothing else in this world. Of special importance is the inner message, for this message is none other than the universal truth that was placed by God in the hearts of all human beings and that stands at the center of all heavenly revelations." 


Seyyed Hossein Nasr



TIME - as Professor Brian Cox has suggested in the

Wonders of Life - for the scientific community to

explain the spirituality which forms the basis of

each and everyone of our belief systems.



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Michael : catalyst-producer

about 1 month later

Michael said

Unfortunately - 60 years later - the violence continues

- albeit between perspectives of a different interpretation.

Michael : catalyst-producer

about 1 year later

Michael said

… and INDIA, of all the supposed democracies, has the timerity,

maybe timocracy  to send a warning to the Dalai Lama

Michael : catalyst-producer

over 3 years later

Michael said

Sir Mark Tully, the respected and long-standing India-based BBC journalist and author, has recently stated that …

There are some really major problems standing in the way of India becoming a superpower, and as yet the country shows no sign of being able to overcome those problems. I don’t want to be overly pessimistic, but every time India tries to do anything there is some sort of public protest and everything is delayed. The main stumbling block to change is that of vested interests and political bureaucracy.
There are many different ways to become a politician in India. You can buy your way in, you can fight your way in - there’s a lot of violence in Indian politics - or you can use the family entry ticket. There’s a lot of sons and daughters of former politicians who are active now.

The bureaucrats and politicians have basically got together and decided to milk the country

What would Aurobindo have made of this ?


Hijacking Modern Democracies - perhaps ?

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Comment by Michael Grove on February 8, 2012 at 9:05

One must indeed now ask -

What does India want from Britain?

Set out below IS THE MOST poignant response to that question -

Finally, don't be so sensitive, the main question that in reality has already shown itself since 2008 is simply that the current global business model does not work. As China is finding out, the idea of "ever greater growth" is unsustainable. Economically the thinking today is about the same as the thinking of the Generals on all sides on the outbreak of WWI with their expectations of massed cavalry charges.

The World is in motion and unlike China, India has yet to make any meaningful and

sustained efforts to include their rural poor in their economy, that could prove costly

in the medium term.

Comment by Michael Grove on April 16, 2013 at 18:42

IN the context of the BBC 4 documentary which examines the question “Did Jesus Die?”

To explore more on the theory that Jesus was in India, why Jesus was in India, and what did Jesus do in India, watch the documentary produced by the government of India where evidences was gathered and presented in this documentary. -Jesus In Kashmir (India)

Comment by Michael Grove on December 31, 2013 at 12:40

When Wall Street Journal and Forbes published articles, a few years ago,predicting the demise of Indian IT,

I responded in BusinessWeek that they were dead wrong. I said that the outsourcing market had a long way to go before it peaked; rising salaries and attrition rates were not a cause for long-term concern; and Indian IT would soon become a $100 billion industry. I was, of course, right.

Now I am ready to declare the end of the line for Indian IT. There are new $100 billion opportunities that could revitalize this industry. BUT from what I’ve seen, Indian executives seem incapable of steering their ships in the right directions.

It is not that Indian outsourcers have become less capable of servicing Western needs. It is that their customer base - the CIO and IT department - is in decline. With the advent of tabletsapps, and cloud computing, users have direct access to better technology than their IT departments can provide them. They can download cheap, elegant, and powerful apps on their IPads that make their corporate systems look primitive. These modern-day apps don’t require internal teams of people doing software development and maintenance - they are user customisable and can be built by anyone with basic programming skills.

It takes decades to update legacy computer systems, and corporate IT departments move at the speed of molasses. So, Indian outsourcers have a few more years before they suffer a significant decline. They certainly won’t see the growth and billion-dollar outsourcing deals that have brought them this far.

Comment by Michael Grove on March 21, 2014 at 6:22

The second in our Planet Local-India series, the following article is adapted from a Morning Talk by Sonam Angchuk, founder of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). It was delivered by Angchuk to students from different parts of Ladakh who participated in a Winter Camp this past December. Angchuk will be participating in our upcoming Economics of Happiness conference in Bangalore, India.

If the aim of human society is happiness, freedom, and prosperity, there are indeed many alternative ways to achieve this without endangering the earth and ourselves, and without leaving behind half or more of humanity. THIS applies to INDIA as to any other country, though the specifics of the alternatives will vary greatly depending on ecological, cultural, economic, and political conditions.

Localisation, a trend diametrically opposed to globalisation, is based on the belief that those living closest to the resource to be managed (the forest, the sea, the coast, the farm, the urban facility…), would have the greatest stake and often the best knowledge, to manage it. Of course this is not always the case and in India many communities have lost the ability because of two centuries of government policies, which have effectively crippled their own institutional structures, customary rules, and other capacities. Nevertheless a move towards localisation of essential production, consumption, and trade, and of health, education, and other services, is eminently possible if communities are sensitively assisted by civil society organizations and the government.

Comment by Michael Grove on December 24, 2020 at 9:36

It is the Prime Minister's first significant bilateral trip since he moved into No 10 ••• So Boris Johnson will visit India next month in what will be his first major bilateral trip since he became Prime Minister, as he prepares to refocus attention on the Indo-Pacific after Brexit.  The Prime Minister will make the journey in January in order to strengthen the relationship, which supports jobs and investment across the UK, and reinforces Mr Johnson’s commitment to Global Britain. 

The UK’s trade and investment relationship with India is worth around £24 billion a year and supports more than half a million jobs, while 842 Indian companies exist in the UK with a combined turnover of £41.2 billion. In India, there are more than 400 British companies. 

Mr Johnson said he was “absolutely delighted” that 2021 would start with a visit to India, as what would be “the start of an exciting year for Global Britain”. 

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