Sri ji, re:
Alxander could be a demonic man with 2 horns on his forehead but he was a great strategist. He knew where to fight. He saw civilizational fault lines clearly. This is one talent that came to him naturally. Even today, international boundaries run through 80% of places where Alexander chose to fight. This was a BIG part of his success.
Another under reported event in Alexander's campaign in India is refusal of Persian troops to engage the Indians in direct fight. As far as they were concerned safety of Alexander was their sole duty. Fight was pretty much left to Macedonians.
Now, Sikandar may be a great hero for the greeks and any others who wish to treat him as such, but from an Indian point of view, he was a barbaric invader who came to India without any provocation, out of greed and ego, wanting to take what did not belong to him, and to impose his will and ideas on the people of India. Purshottam dispatched him on his way back to greece. The Greeks had an exagerated sense of "owning civilization", as if all other peoples were barbarians. Well, when it came to Egypt, Babylon, India and China, these could give the dam greeks detailed graduate courses in civilization. India had a civilization predating the greeks by over a thousand years. Indian civilization was spread over a huge sub continent, not bits of rocks sticking out of the sea. India had already established extensive transportation network of roads, bridges, water management etc. for hundreds of years before this barbarian came to India presuming to teach "civilization". Sidharth Gautam, the buddha had travelled the length and bredth of of India in peace, teaching his philosophy to intellectually developed populations. What had that sikandar to offer or contribute? Nada. His hanger ons such as Aesop ended up plagerising parts of the panchtantra as "his fables". so, in sum, I do not think Indians need to look upon sikandar as great in any way from strictly an Indian point of view. Yes, for the pakis, he a great "muslim conquoror" for whom they have made a statue. But then, the pakis have removed Chandragupt & Ashok from their history books.
Shiv ji: Re:
It would be a good game to catch some Paki suckers, make them pay for the blood test and find such genes so they can at once be proud of their Ayrab lineage while understanding that they are basically the product of rape. Need to watch out for Paki suckers in the news media who claim direct lineage to the past like this - so we can give them a history lesson of how SDRE genes got mixed up with the genes they carry.
actually, the most bstrdized of India's muslim populations are in the paki. They proudly refer to themselves as "Ashrafs" - being directly descendent from mummud -well, that means extensively bstrdized. There are also the "qureshis" - extensively bstrdized by members of the Quraish tribe of arabia. They wear these lables proudly, and most of them were in, or if not, they migrated to the paki lands. As after fall of the mughal empire, which, directly or indirectly supported most of India's muslim population, the muslims had nothing much to do to earn a living. Oh they were craftsmen and traders, but they got goods for trading through the empire. The better connected of them got jagirs - lands that they gave to share croppers, and so lived off of that income. It was not that they did not take to english education, they had not been educated before. so they basically sat around to get something for nothing as usual, passively or actively through minor acts of looting. that is pretty much what most of the pakis are doing or will be reduced to in the paki lands. What skills they have are rapidly becoming obsolite.The only means of material progress their bstrdizing fathers taught them was to loot and plunder. now they have no such means, so they have desperately been trying to cash in on their geographical location.