- Aug 2017
That's a gross oversimplification and almost entirely wrong in the case of your comments on China. India's political history is characterized by long periods of competing regional political entities punctuated by trans-subcontinental political ones. I hesitate to characterize the situation as "disunity punctuated briefly by unity" because this entire narrative is problematic and has been increasingly critiqued in academic circles of late.India and China have always been unified political entities since thousands of years, India because of Hinduism and China because Taoism and later because of Buddhism. The cultures of these two countries were the binding forces. Indonesia is an artificial construction. USA, Australia are obviously artificial. Not Russia.
India has never been politically unified on the basis of an overarching religious identity. Your injection of anachronisms into eras where they are particularly unwarranted shows an inaccurate understanding the processes that led to the formation of "Hinduism" as we now understand it. For now though, it suffices to say that its silly to speak of "Hinduism" as a concept or ideology cohesive and pervasive enough to have "united" India politically in its history.