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            What is keeping India, a country of 100 ethnic groups together ? Simple, it's Hinduism. 77 percent of the country is Hindu, however, before the british, it was only united a few times, like the Ashoka empire and the Gupta empire and maybe the mughal empire. The fact remains, majority of the times, it's was split into many local kingdoms and many ethnic gropus. Unlike yugoslavia, another country made up of many ethnic groups which broke up, India has managed to remain the same since the 47. However, even today, people still hangout with their groups. South Indians hang out South Indians, Panjabis with Panjabis , Gujratis with Gujratis  and so on. Even with all this disunity, India is projected to be the 2nd largest economy by 2050 and a global superpower. Which begs the question, has hinduism been able to  keep the country together? Lets be honest , If the North India was majority Sikh or Muslim, it would be another country by now, even in 47 if Sikhs were the majority , there wouldn't be a Pakistan. 

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I've always viewed India like an ancient United States or any New World country. The future of the West is very much going to be like present-day India, racially mixed people fighting over religion and culture. 

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Yeah I agree, it's common faith that is keeping the country together. Regions of the country which have seen some of the worst riots and conflicts post independence are regions with a large non hindu population , kashmir muslim, punjab sikh, UP large muslim population, the North East where the inhabitants are racially different and many belong to different christian and tribal groups. 

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