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Old May 23rd, 2015, 08:40 AM   #1
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Is it true India never invaded another country?


I often hear that the Indians were a peaceful civilization and they never invaded another country in 10,000 years of its history. I agree India was relatively peaceful, but I don't think it is true India never invaded another land? What about Sri Lanka? And greater India, including colonies like Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma and many other South East Asian colonies?

Surely there was a lot of internal conquests as well between the different kingdoms?
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I often hear that the Indians were a peaceful civilization and they never invaded another country in 10,000 years of its history. I agree India was relatively peaceful, but I don't think it is true India never invaded another land? What about Sri Lanka? And greater India, including colonies like Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma and many other South East Asian colonies?

Surely there was a lot of internal conquests as well between the different kingdoms?
The early cultural migrations from out of India to SEA,SL,Central Asia etc were without any sort of subjugations or mass invasions.However,the later medieval kingdoms like the Cholas did invade SEA countries,but they invaded the already Indianized kingdoms and I dont think it was a mass subjugation either.
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So when these migrations to SEA, SL, Central Asia Asia took place, were these places not already inhabited by other people, and the fact they become Indianized kingdoms, does this not indicate some level of subjugation? Or do you argue they peacefully assimilated Indian culture and accepted Indian rule?
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I often hear that the Indians were a peaceful civilization and they never invaded another country in 10,000 years of its history. I agree India was relatively peaceful, but I don't think it is true India never invaded another land? What about Sri Lanka? And greater India, including colonies like Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma and many other South East Asian colonies?

Surely there was a lot of internal conquests as well between the different kingdoms?
There was no National State called "India" until 1948.
Since then India has invaded Kashmir (with the collusion of its leader), the independent state of Hydrabad, Goa, Daman and Diu ( Portuguese territories) and East Pakistan in 1971.
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This is a tired argument ancient Geezer. Nation states are modern everywhere, but when we talk about ancient Greece, ancient China, ancient Britain we mean by that the place and people that existed then and not the nation states.

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I wouldn't say reconquering ex-Indian states is the same thing as invasion. It is more like a liberation from foreign rule. East Pakistan was not an invasion, it was a liberation from Pakistani rule. If it was invasion then Bangladesh would have been occupied by India.
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But surely at those times India itself was a number of different states that no doubt warred and conquered each other, no?
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But surely at those times India itself was a number of different states that no doubt warred and conquered each other, no?
Yes. However these states were all Indian. The point that is being made India never invaded a non-Indian country and people.
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Sorry, I thought it was also to do with India being a peaceful civilisation, especially since you made the link in the last part of your op. To that end internal conflicts should count.

Take the Nanda's for instance, they crushed a whole host of 'Indian' states didn't they?

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What about the war in East Pakistan that India backed for the independence of Bangladesh (1971?)?
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