Am I correct in my understanding that the Indian people, as a race, are considered "Asian".

Presuming I have that correct can some explain to me why, the indian heritage and culture to my foreign eyes seems very distinct from other Asian cultures.

Is it a term Indians themselves use to describe themselves? If so do Indians feel a closer tie to other Asian countries than they do say, Pakistan? I assume of course Pakistanis dont describe themselves as Asian...

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@freemo that's a very long topic to discuss. In short, before the rise of right wing politics, India was and is right now also, 'unity in diversity'. There are multiple religions and cultures that were born in India itself and those cultures are so very different in food, clothing, rituals and even abodes but all stand united in front of the enemy.
Pakistan was split from India and its culture is somewhat similar to Punjab in India because of common border.
FYI Pakistan is also asian country.

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