I was informed that my reply to the question, “Is India becoming the most hated country?” violated their “be nice, be respectful” policy. In fact some months ago, I had been asked to remove the last sentence of my write up. I didn’t remove it, because it is not disrespectful, but true. So the whole piece disappeared now, after being up on the site for about a year and getting over 80,000 views and 10,000 upvotes.
Quora removed so far 6 replies and each times threatens that I will be banned from Quora if I continue to not be nice and respectful. It seems telling the truth is not nice and respectful.
Here is the reply to:
Is India becoming the most hated country?
Oh no, India can never become the most hated country – never mind how much media and missionaries and other vested interests try to portray it as such.
There are too many people in the world who know India, who know her profound philosophy, who know how much she has contributed to civilization, more than any other country in this world, who know how kind and open-minded her people are, how they live and let live and this includes millions of cows, monkeys, stray dogs, even tigers, leopards, elephants, snakes, etc… in spite of a huge population on little space. Even love & worship them as nature’s gift.
Too many people know how colourful and joyful the atmosphere is during the many festivals, which have mostly a religious nature; they know how alive the country is and how generously India shares her knowledge like Yoga or Ayurveda; how amazing her culture is – music, dance, sculpture, architecture. And also, there are too many people who know Indians who live abroad and know that they are among the best immigrants possible.
But yes, attempts are on to portray India in very poor light, and ‘rapes in India’ and ‘atrocities against minorities and lower castes’ are preferred news on foreign TV channels, like on German dw (Deutsche Welle), when the same channel will not broadcast rapes that happen in Germany.
A poll in England recently showed that Indians there are seen positively (+25), while Pakistanis are seen negatively (-4). The amazing thing is that Indians and Pakistanis are basically the same people. The only difference is that some Indians converted to Islam during the long Muslim rule of their country and at the time of Independence, they demanded their own country as they didn’t want to live together with Hindus. And while hardly any Hindus are left in Pakistan, India allowed Muslims, who did not want to move to Pakistan, stay and their number has increased significantly.
So maybe there is one condition: India can never become the most hated country as long as it remains majority Hindu.
By Maria Wirth