Indian or not, is it still important?
I recently went to Thailand, at the airport i saw a large sculpture of Vishnu dancing upon Mt. Meru. A snake was used to churn the ocean for Amrit, one side unidentifieable people were pulling it like a rope, the other side where Thais. Later I found out these Thais were meant to be the ancient gods, themselves they worship their king called Rama besides golden Buddhas or chinese gods. Their favourite dance is the Ramayana. They also worship an abundance of statues of Indra, Brahma and Ganesh. Although they likely are a brand of indians, they never claim so. One of the most striking features I found was that in their countless massage parlours the venerate the indian doctor of Buddha, as their teacher of ayur vedic medicine, which they regard massage belongs to. In the massage salon I requested them to play Thai or Chinese music which I felt was a perfect music therapy since they did not have any indian music ready.
Today I read opinions about about massage centers in Indiahttp://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_dis ... _id=119320
by alot of people who believe themselves indians, who forget that ayur veda is claimed to have been practised from the era of Parashuram there and who would fight for that it will be prohibited by the police. Their cultur of „India first“ seems to be a hype, the truely indian culture of Thailand has made that country number 4 in the world of holiday countries, and they want to increase the number of foreign visitors by 100 % next year. Whereas indians nowadays are mainly used as workforce to built up Arabia and are sent home when their job is finished. Although both peoples can be claimed to be indians, there are still worlds in between them. I therefor do not see the point of claiming to be particularly indian, lest for the passport one holds.