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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Anti-Americanism in India and Pakistan

One more nugget from Ejaz Haider (also quoted here):
There is a difference between the anti-Americanism of India and Pakistan. Anti-Americanism in Pakistan is emotion-based, honour-based, and does not have an intellectual origin. In India, it is ideological.
I'm not sure I agree with him on the second part of that observation, as he is basing it on the Left parties, which have power in India disproportionate to their influence. Most common Indians don't share their ideology and intellectual reasoning. That does not mean that anti-Americanism in India is necessarily all "emotion-based," but it generally doesn't stem from the dogma of the Left.

Also, though it's fashionable (and great fun) to ridicule George Bush, there is much less anti-Americanism in India than in Pakistan. But that's a different matter entirely.
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