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Jan 15, 2023 13 tweets 3 min read Read on X
There is a churn happening in American society surrounding one of its most successful minorities - Indian Americans.

Gas station owners & Dunkin Donuts clerks are now transitioning into Tech CEOs & politicians at an alarming rate for some folks.

A backlash is forming 🧵
I'll preface this by saying an overwhelming amount of Americans seem to either admire or pay no special mind to Indian Americans.

The issue is at the edges of the political spectrum: Among the far-right and far-left.
The Far-Right cannot fathom how a country with an average of 82 IQ is pumping out people who are now their bosses and in leadership positions.

Their image of India is of subhuman folks shitting in streets, worshiping animals, and usual pejoratives towards heathen brown folks.
"You will not replace us!" is now being extended to Indian Americans. There is a genuine fear of seeing brown people, those they consider genetically & inherently inferior to them, outcompete them.

How jarring must it be to have people who you see as inferior, overtake you?
So they cope by labeling every successful Indian as a privileged Brahmin no matter their original class or caste.

Right Wingers who lambast the NYT & WP for being woke brainwashing camps will immediately believe & cite them when these papers attack India and Indian Americans.
This brings us to the other end, & an end that is much more broad & influential: the Far Left.

The Far Left has huge institutional heft across media, academia, NGOs, etc... They are the Cathedral.

And they despise these uppity Indian Americans who defy their archetypal minority
In the face of "crushing white supremacy," Indian Americans have become the highest-earning ethnic group (not counting Jewish Americans)

They also, unlike many other ethnic groups, provide a visible challenge in professions that white liberals dominate - tech, law, medicine, etc
They have broken the bamboo ceiling & are planting seeds at the top with kids who are also excelling.

They beat them in school admissions even in the face of affirmative action that actually now helps whites. Indian parents challenge the attack on meritocracy in grade schools.
Many are members of a religion that has historical issues with the far left's favorite religion, Islam. And they share that religion, Hinduism, with homeland Indians who keep voting in a government that claims to wear Hinduism on their sleeve in the face of Islamic extremism.
To top it all off, the Far Left has many Indian Americans who are willing to throw their own under the bus. They want to "out White Liberal" the White Liberals so they attack fellow Indian Americans.

Many Indian Americans, just like many Indians themselves are race traitors.
They pan on about "caste discrimination" amongst kids who can't even pronounce their own names right, they guilt other Indian Americans about "privilege" when many of their immigrant parents came here with nothing, they trash India & Indians for social proof & cred.
Both groups are threatened by Indian American success, prominence, & defiance of the usual archetype of a minority: being either visibly oppressed, visibly meek, or especially - visibly inferior

The Indian American seizes the American Dream. Something they absolutely can't stand
Stupidest responses to above thread are about privilege

Conveniently ignored is much of Indian immigration from the 60s-90s was via chain

Many of these folks came from objectively worse economic backgrounds than the poorest Americans & are literally stunted due to malnutrition.

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In Hinduism, the Jivatman is said to be composed of 3 aspects:

-Sthula: Physical
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The Upanishads & Yoga Sutras explore this doctrine in-depth.

But what if we applied this doctrine to India itself? 🧵Image

Regarding the Jivatman, sthula refers to the physical body that we use to engage with our senses & feelings.

It is the physical matter of our body. Our sensory organs help us observe the world.

Our Prana, the life force that sustains us & physiological processes.Image
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"The county north of the ocean & south of the snowy mountains..." as the Vishnu Puran says.

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Saw both Muslims & Hindus in the bazaar (more of former while latter were less & mostly shopping).

The grandness of the gate is the first thing that stands out to you once you reach. This theme of size & grandness is an important spark of thought as I walked across the mosque.Image
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The Jewel in the Crown 🧵

The Making of the British Raj

With the Marathas enduring a catastrophic result at the Third Battle of Panipat, an opening formed. Pink men dressed in funny coats who had no business in the Indian heat began to show up at the edge of Indian waters.

They wanted to trade.

They were obsessed with measuring. Their curiosity was amusing to many local Indians, but these pink men or angrezis (Englishmen) would pay no mind and would continue to write and exchange.

Some parts of India were rough for them, so they hired local security in addition to bringing their own foreign units. They paid better than the permanently drunk nawab or opium-addled raja and were much more reliable.

The English were rivaling the mercantile castes in their money-making abilities. Arcane foreign financial methods and obsessive measuring grew their rich chests as if they were employing a Miami-based plastic surgeon.

From the rattle of the coin purse eventually grew the rattle of sabers. Humble operations in Calcutta in the early 18th century would transform into a financial juggernaut that possessed the most fearsome army in India by 1815.

The British East India Company combined financial power, military discipline, and most importantly, institutional brilliance to conquer India in its entirety.

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Some say that the British “made” India with their imperialism. If you’ve read this far, you know that’s not the case. But why the British are essential in the idea of India is twofold.

Firstly, British bureaucracy and administration proved to be a better way to organize government than many earlier Indian editions.

This doesn’t point to an inherent superiority of the English or the deficiency of Indians; it’s just to say that there is something special about how the British organized society and state.

It’s one of the biggest reasons the British Empire succeeded. Compared to many Indian crowns, the British East India Company brought better rule of law, less corruption, and even better public infrastructure, as more reliable transport meant easier trade.

Money that was spent on a kingdom’s defense and courtly excesses was now routed to commercial pursuits. Early days proved more peaceful under the East India Company, but over time the operations became increasingly extractive.

More consequential, though, was the eventual meddling in Indian internal affairs and society. This, combined with the aforementioned economic extraction, would bring tumult to the British Raj.
In the aftermath of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, the British grew a penchant for the stick rather than carrots. Increased onus on divide-and-rule tactics would find a perfect foil in the caste system.

Caste was bureaucratized like never before as the British used policies to discriminate against certain castes and create enmity between different ones.

Religion too was used to powerful effect with the bloody conclusion of incitement being the Partition of India.

This is not to say there wasn’t already caste and religious conflict before the British, but the bureaucratization of these identities added new economic and political dimensions to these social battles.
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The Call of Swaraj 🧵

Indian Proto-Nationalism in the Maratha Empire

While great kings such as Rana Sanga, Krishna Devaraya, Lachit Borphukan, Mihira Bhoja, and others all resisted the Islamic advance, there is one ruler who stands out.

The Tiger of the Deccan, Shivaji Bhonsle possessed a vision that would become the prototype of Indian nationalism centuries later.

At 15 years of age, Shivaji sought to create a “Hindavi Swaraj” or a country based on the self-rule of Hindus.

This is a stark ideological departure from previous Hindu kings primarily attached to land or caste, with a recent exception being from the still smoldering ruins of an adjacent Vijayanagara, an empire that, in many ways, is an ideological antecedent for the Marathas.
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The Western Ghats would soon roar “Har, Har Mahadev!” as Maratha guerrilla tactics made the hills appear to have eyes and bushes possessing swords sharpened by the armor of Mughal soldiers.

The war would drain both the coffers and spirit of the Mughal Empire. With the Mughals in retreat, the Marathas began a marathon in pursuit.
The reality of Maratha sovereignty would strive for Shivaji’s dream Hindavi Swaraj as the Marathas looked to free the Ganga and the Indus from the clutches of those they saw as foreigners of the land and oppressors of their religion.

Shivaji would appeal to Hindu kings to rebel against the “Turk.” His descendants would reaffirm this call as they blew the conch of war becoming a saffron sea across the subcontinent.

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The Scourge of the Sultanates 🧵

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The concept of religion itself was very different from modern Western or medieval Middle Eastern notions. This is why the arrival of Islam caused such a shock.

An “Other” was indeed recognized.Image
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This contrasted with the levels of religious persecution and conflict that appeared as Islam entered India. Waves of Islamic invasions from Central Asia would leave parts of India as wastelands.

Temples were destroyed and looted, Hindus were enslaved and carried off to the steppe, and many Indians were faced with the choice of conversion or death.

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A holy war envelops each campaign into the subcontinent. The killings of Hindus and the looting of their temples are recounted with glee and pride.

When Turks actually started to settle in India, they would adopt a caste system of their own, this time based on ethnicity, with Turks and other Muslim Middle Eastern ethnicities at the top.

They would not tolerate being ordered around by a dark, wretched Indian even if they were their Muslim brother in faith.

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“There is nothing that quite mimics the bloodsport and realpolitik of Game of Thrones like Indian politics. Hereditary houses and regional satraps are now collapsing as a dragon-bellied leviathan engulfs India in an unending fire. From the ashes of the old guard spawn new elites eager to stamp themselves into the saga of the saffron march. A peerless leader of ordinary origin puts storied royalty to the sword as internal rivals are bashed by his hilt and banished to the hills.”
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The government abruptly removed this act, Article 370, as well as removing the statehood of the province of Jammu and Kashmir.

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This law essentially granted accelerated citizenship for non-Muslim refugees of several South Asian countries. It would be twinned with another law called the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was essentially a citizenship confirmation exercise.

Both were innocent on their own, but combined they stoked fears of Indian Muslim citizens being disenfranchised of their voting and citizenship rights.

Indian Muslims had enough and began large-scale protests across India, which soon went awry into riots.

The CAA would be delayed and the NRC shelved. What appeared to be a tactical victory for Indian Muslims transformed into a strategic catastrophe.

Hindus viewed these riots not as a fight for rights but an assertion of supremacy and petulance that stopped a humanitarian law aimed at some of the most oppressed people on the planet.

CAA was seen as addressing one of the errors of the partition, leaving non-Muslims to the wolves in these Islamic states, something even the godfather of secularism, Nehru, acknowledged as a grave wrongdoing.

The pulverization of non-Muslims in these states and apartheid-like laws were well observed as the internet penetrated Indian eyes.

The alienation of Indian Muslims has accelerated greatly since.
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