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I am reading Shyam Saran's How India sees the world. I came across this paragraph which talks about the "sense of being Indian":

There is an immemorial and abiding sense of affinity drawn from a geography cosmic in origin but reflected in the physical attributes of the subcontinent. This is intrinsic to the sense of being Indian and is anchored in the geography of the subcontinent. This sense of affinity is overlaid by a modern nationalism but has echoes of the mental map inherited from the past. Overcoming the fragmentation of this historical and cultural space is the challenge. The idea of making subcontinent whole again is powerful driver of India's foreign policy behaviour

I am not sure what the author means by ". . . drawn from a geography cosmic in origin but reflected in the physical attributes of the subcontinent". I am really curious to know what is actually encompassed by the "sense of being Indian". Has anyone read the book and understood what that paragraph means?

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