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  1. #21
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    Feb 2012
    I don't like it but you could always use Indiana instead or maybe even Asia.

  2. #23
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    May 2013
    In Britain I have never met anyone who finds it offensive. I have a friend who is half Indian and her name is Ela India.
    I think only Americans and Australians (from what I've been hearing) find this offensive.
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  3. #25
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    Jul 2013
    Well, it was on my list. Now I'm kind of rethinking it. I know a few people of Indian origin who I couldn't forgive myself for offending.
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  4. #27
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    Oct 2012
    Liverpool, England
    Quote Originally Posted by ameliawilliams View Post
    Renrose, in the nicest way possible, you aren't a mod, to my knowledge, and this is obviously a topic people are interested in discussing.
    Ok then... Argue away!

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  5. #29
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    May 2013
    Sorry, but I hate it. It's not so much 'oh, you might offend Indians', but... it's a lot more complicated than that. I'd have to sit down longer and think it over, but it just makes me skin crawl. It's made worse by the fact that I met a young India at my work (a museum that sometimes attracts young families and school groups), and before my brain kicked it, I said to her mum "Oh, like the country?". She replied "Oh good heavens, no! We just liked the sound, we hoped that it wouldn't have that...association!". Seriously. Pretty much word for word. And she was smiling as she said it. I didn't want to get in trouble for fighting with a visitor, so I just smiled and made my get-away, but... oh... argh.

    Plus, sorry, but you're a Brit. As one Brit to another, seriously? Our empire brutalised India and its peoples, it's not exactly a great time in our history and we've never actually really atoned for it. There are still Brits out there who a) think the empire was a good thing and b) think people from the Commonwealth/former-empire are worth less than British-born citizens - and of course they're the kind of people who only think "whiter than white", "100% British" people fit into the latter country. I'll leave it there before it gets ranty. I've had to deal with people like that far more than I'd like.
    And... argh... again, I don't know how to phrase it. I don't much care for most country names in the first place, and India, when we have that history with the sub-continent, just... smacks of some form of colonial mindset, of frivolously handwaving 'India the country' for 'India the trendy name' and even if it doesn't offend Indians, I still find it a bit gross.

    If you like the sound of India, what about... eh... I dunno... Indira? Something like that? It could lean a little towards cultural appropriation if you used it wrong, but I am pretty sick of 'cultural appropriation' and think there's a line between appreciating other cultures/languages/etc and -that-, so you could still get away with it - and it's 100% better than India.

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