Also now I am back, time to roast the article.
I addressed it already, multicultural empires were part and parcel of those times, nothing new here. And India isn't unique in that aspect.
Also the land being ruled within itself is no sign of it being a nation state. As I said the author is continuosly going on a tangent and bringing up red herrings while refusing to address the real question-does people of India share a similar culture, language, history and yolk. He prefers not to obviously because he knows the answer to those questions is negative.
Also he is wrong, because the aforementioned Kushan empire he refered to as 'pan indian' nation had its capital outside the sub continent. But again this is barely a point to begin with. When most of the country you rule is part of a self contained sub continent it only makes sense to rule from inside it at a time when long distance travelling and communication was almost impossible unless you have huge number of resources.
>Idea of India, muh Hinduism blah blah blah
I seriously had enough of this retort. I will go through his each and every point where he uses where he uses Hinduism as a tool for creating sense of syncretic national consciousness. Its fucking retarded. I believe not even the nationalist NPCs who say this meme actually believe in this meme. They just want tocomfort themselves, because coming in terms to accept that something you hold so dear to your heart is so fucking fake and little more than a meme taken too far.
Yes and I will adress your copypasta too, because as I said, its fucking retarded and I don't even think you actually believe that. You can fool NPCs with that fucking delusions maybe and maybe some nationalist NPCs who want to read some good wishy washy stuff to comfort themselves but anyone that bothers to assess and question this realizes how fucking retarded it is and the leaps of logic you have to jump to come in terms with it. I will now briefly go through his other points that are again, little more than red herrings that don't address the real question.
>Some other civilizational countries
I love this buzzword. I guess he has coined a new term, a civilizational nation to name his dear country as. Not even getting into the fucking meme called '[insert name here]an civilization and how much of a fucking meme they are. These questions never even bother answering the basic question-what is [insert]an civilization? In this case, what is Indian civilization? Is it just Hinduism and related values? Then why do Nepal hate us? Why do North Sri Lanka aka Tamil Elam hate us? These are majority Hindu states that have little to no solidarity with the Indian state. If it is just Hinduism then why is Kashmir with us? Why is these non deep blue states(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Religion_in_India.svg)
even with us? So what if they were once Hindus(Which is still not the case for many NEer states even still)? Many nations that lie outside the Indian subcontinent used to be the cradle of Hindu relgion. They are not anymore and they are not going back. Unless you have some kind of genocide in mind that is, which is not fucking happening anyways. Then what is it? Dharmic religions? That still makes no sense because the only 'allies' we have in the immediate neighbourhood is Bangladesh and Afghanistan. There is no sense of solidarity nor commonness amongst neither dharmic nor hindu nations. Its just all in the nationalist NPCs head. Then what is Indian civilization? What if decline of religion hits India and everyone stops identifying as a Hindu? Will there be no more Indian civilization? And before you tell me Hinduims is a way of life and not a religion, then tell me in what fucking way is it not just like other religions? Religions are all just a way of life that have an identity and organizational name attatched, nothing else. Hinduism is no different in that respect from other religions. And it addressing atheism in its philosophy means nothing.