Books Indians Should Read Chapter -1 – Part 3 (Post No.8440)

WRITTEN BY R. NANJAPPA                        

Post No. 8440

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Books Indians Should Read Chapter -1 – Part 3
    The Clash of Civilizations

R. Nanjappa

India and Hindus

The position of India is quite critical. Huntington (like Toynbee before him) regards Hindus as a distinct civilization. But modern Hindus  (and Indians in general) do not think of themselves as a civilization! India is not even a Hindu country, though this is the homeland of over 95 Crore Hindus! Hindus are in a hopeless condition: they do not have a country to call their own!

Compared to China, and other blocs, India is extremely vulnerable. Even the position of Japan is vulnerable, in spite of its current economic strength. China is conscious of its power and acts like a Power! The ethnic Chinese presence in other countries in Asia strengthens its commercial advantages. China thus overshadows the whole of Asia.

This is the absurdity or perversion of Indian politics. A government can be secular in the sense that the state machinery is separated from religion, but how can a country be secular? The Muslims are a bloc, the West is a bloc, China is a bloc, each extending its influence over other regions. Hindus alone are helpless: confined to one country, their historical home, which they cannot now officially call Hindu!

Apart from not being able to extend its influence abroad, Hindu India has to confront the world on its own soil: it is facing Islam, Christianity, Secular Western influences, Chinese hegemonic ambitions, etc on its own soil. Hindus have to face all these forces simultaneously! How many Hindus realise the situation they are in?

Samuel P.Huntington. (1927-2008.) By Copyright World Economic Forum (

History vindicates Huntington

Academic critics may advance criticism or invent arguments against this idea, but history has proved Huntington right.

– countries have been divided along  old cultural-ethnic/religious lines as seen after the fall of the USSR

– Russia has not simply embraced the West or integrated with Europe but is asserting its own  distinct status 

–  Islamisation has spread even in nominal Muslim countries like Egypt and Turkey

– Islamic fundamentalism has risen and is spreading

– China is increasingly assertive, politically and economically

– Perception is rising among Europeans of their culture being under threat from immigrants.( eg. Brexit, election of Trump)

Let us be clear about one thing. Huntington did not argue or wish for  civilizations to clash. He simply noted that the clash was occurring! In this he has proved prescient. It is not easy to give even a gist of the closely argued book. I will quote just two passages.

” The dangerous clashes of the future are likely to arise from the interaction of Western arrogance, Islamic intolerance, and Sinic assertiveness.” 

“Somewhere in the Middle East a half dozen young men could well be dressed in jeans, drinking Coke, listening to rap, and between their bows to Mecca, putting together a bomb to blow up an American airliner… Only naive arrogance could lead Westerners to assume that non-Westerners will become ‘Westernized’ by acquiring Western goods. “

Remember what happened on 9/11!

There can be no doubt that civilizations are in conflict right now! It is not mere ideological battles any longer!
Every Indian should read this book by Samuel Huntington. They will then realise how they are already losing their battle!


1.For an excellent summary and assessement of this book, see the relevant chapter in: “50 Politics Classics ” by Tom Butler-Bowdon.
Nicholas Brealey, 2015.
2. Huntington’s last book: “Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity” (2004) is also especially important for Hindus, who are now facing a crisis of national identity, forced on them by leftist, self -styled secularist champions.

3. Hinduism is like an orchestra without a conductor. What the various factions produce is cacophony, and no harmony or even melody. They seek to make up with noise what they lack in sense. There is no effective leadership for the Hindus.

                              ***     Chapter one Concluded

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