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Old 03-29-2014, 05:24 PM
 
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1. Sunni vs. Shiite - Probably the most geopolitically significant rivalry in "Asia" at the moment.

2. Israel vs. Palestine/Arabs - A lot of mudthrowing, bombing, defamation and all around nastiness going both ways.

3. India vs. Pakistan - I wouldn't say there is as much "hate" as with 1 & 2, but there is a pathological obsession with India amongst the Pakistani military and small section of the general Pakistani populace.
How much does Islam's disdain of Hinduism play into it?

 
Old 03-29-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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How much does Islam's disdain of Hinduism play into it?
One can't say for sure. In the real world, most Pakistanis(at least the ones that I've met) are rather affable , cosmopolitan, and strongly disagree with terrorism(including state sponsored terrorism). In the virtual world, go to any poorly moderated news site with comments(cnn.com comes to mind) and read the comments on any article about India. I imagine it's mostly individuals who are Pakistani(perhaps astro-turfers?) making the anti-Hindu/Indian comments. You'll also see some posters on this site attempting to justify state sponsored terrorism and the political role that the Pakistani military plays in Pakistan. I've also noticed a anti-Indian/Hindu bias in articles on Arab/Ismalic news outlets such as Al-Jazeera.

When it comes down to it, extremely religious people of any creed tend to have a certain disdain for anything that is contradictory to their version of the "truth."

I'd say the issues that Pakistan has with India are more political than religious. The Pakistani military views rivalry with India as one of the fundamental foundations(aside from being an Islamic state) for the existence of the Pakistani state. It also helps that it cements the power that the Pakistani military has within Pakistan itself.
 
Old 03-31-2014, 11:30 AM
 
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One can't say for sure. In the real world, most Pakistanis(at least the ones that I've met) are rather affable , cosmopolitan, and strongly disagree with terrorism(including state sponsored terrorism). In the virtual world, go to any poorly moderated news site with comments(cnn.com comes to mind) and read the comments on any article about India. I imagine it's mostly individuals who are Pakistani(perhaps astro-turfers?) making the anti-Hindu/Indian comments. You'll also see some posters on this site attempting to justify state sponsored terrorism and the political role that the Pakistani military plays in Pakistan. I've also noticed a anti-Indian/Hindu bias in articles on Arab/Ismalic news outlets such as Al-Jazeera.

When it comes down to it, extremely religious people of any creed tend to have a certain disdain for anything that is contradictory to their version of the "truth."

I'd say the issues that Pakistan has with India are more political than religious. The Pakistani military views rivalry with India as one of the fundamental foundations(aside from being an Islamic state) for the existence of the Pakistani state. It also helps that it cements the power that the Pakistani military has within Pakistan itself.
The Pakistani military needs the "threat of India" to maintain it's position of power in the country. It's a common tactic that has historically been used to deflect internal criticism of a regime.
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