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  • No division of India (and it goes red)

    The british dont partition India and the socialist leaning Congress party throws in their lot with the communist.

    And after the sino-soviet breakup remain a staunch ally of the soviets

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    Depends on the personality of the leader. Eventually a totalitarian dictator would have to immerge, but it could be anything from Red Fascism with modest capitalism like Hungry or the horrors of Stalinism.

    One thing for sure, Burma would not be able to shun the worls. I predict a rail line of epic proportions between the USSR and India and a huge build up of SEATO forces in Burma and the Middle East would be FAR less sympathetic to the Commies, especially Persia which would BEG for Anglo-American bases.

    Also CIA might try to destabilie India along still raw ethnic and religous lines. Very nasty but Washinton might feel there's no choice.
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      Originally posted by Wolery View Post
      Depends on the personality of the leader. Eventually a totalitarian dictator would have to immerge, but it could be anything from Red Fascism with modest capitalism like Hungry or the horrors of Stalinism.

      One thing for sure, Burma would not be able to shun the worls. I predict a rail line of epic proportions between the USSR and India and a huge build up of SEATO forces in Burma and the Middle East would be FAR less sympathetic to the Commies, especially Persia which would BEG for Anglo-American bases.

      Also CIA might try to destabilie India along still raw ethnic and religous lines. Very nasty but Washinton might feel there's no choice.
      Thats got to be some rail line.... because of the Himalayas/Hindu Kush the only way it can run is straight through Afghanistan and down the Kyber pass. Not a country with a happy relationship with Russians.

      The reason we partitioned India was to stop a bloody civil war between Hindu & Muslim. India has always been sympathetic to communism and has had close (ish) relations with Russia so this part of the 'what if' is highly likely. The Muslim bits are a whole different issue- militant Islam and Russian style communism are incompatible. You're going to end up with a horrific decades long war in Pakistan under this scenario.

      Just to make things more juicy Pakistan and Iran have a huge land border and the Russians have always been considered to have been eyeing up Irans oil. With a Russian army 'assisting' in pacifiying Pakistan does the Red Army make a grab for Iran too? That means war with US airborne forces.

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      • #4
        ^ most muslim leaders in india at time of partition were nominal nonreligious muslims like jinnah...

        they would have had no problem joining with hindu dominated congress if it served their interest.

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          The Muslim bits are a whole different issue- militant Islam and Russian style communism are incompatible. You're going to end up with a horrific decades long war in Pakistan under this scenario.
          thats true only for the muslim tribes in NW frontier and balochistan, the vast majority of muslims in india in bengal, punjab and other places had in the past proved to be very loyal subjects of british.Participating in most of their foreign wars even against other muslims.

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            Also CIA might try to destabilie India along still raw ethnic and religous lines. Very nasty but Washinton might feel there's no choice
            thats absolutely essential , muslim landowners in india will naturally be uncomfortable with a leftist govt in india.
            a pro-western Iran and middle east might be essential in appealling to the muslims in india to fight the Godless communists

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