Two questions, if I may -
Answer:1) Why are you enjoying my discomfiture?
Am enjoying your discomfiture because you are a bigoted racist stuck in a time warp, reminiscing over a vanished Empire that in its waning days lost every war it fought. You and my ex-friend are two of a kind pegging the blame for the demise of your tribe on Islam and Islam alone, when in reality your tribe was walloped by the Greeks . The Greeks would have left you alone if your king had not tried multiple invasions of their land. The Greeks gave your people such a bloody nose that your handkerchiefs are still red when you sneeze.
Alexander finished your military power for good.
Being a "pure Muslim " has nothing to do with being a patriot to one's land. Jinnah was a pork eating gin swilling non-practicing "Muslim " too with a Parsi wife to boot. Had you interacted with him2) You have always maintained that you are a mixed breed. Not even a pure Muslim, forget a practising or remotely devout one.
What difference then does our dynamic with Muslims and Islam make to you?
Or is there something pricking you inside behind that calm "non practising gin swilling" facade?
( in Gujarati ) you would have found him remarkably similar in attitude.
Saladin drank wine too yet he beat the Crusaders out of Jerusalem.
Babur drank wine and rarely prayed., Kemal Ataturk pulled Turkey out from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire to found a modern republic.
In fact it is the non-practicing drinking Muslims who have best served their cause.
No, that person has problems with Hindus as well for not giving due importance nationally to his community. The Jains in Bombay wield far more political power even though they are a relatively small community in India of only 4.5 million, out of a 1.5 billion population of India.Outside Bombay hardly any Indian knows or cares who Ahreman is or what is Pateti. The Indian political dynamics has changed into caste and religious polarization and believers of "foreign origin" religions are not welcome and that goes for Christians too. Jews have largely left India so they don't count, but Parsis are unsure of their fate in a rejuvenated Hindutva oriented India.There is Maratha sub-nationalism which is intimidating to Parsis despite having a centuries old alliance.I wonder whether it was your Parsi friend who went fundoo, or was it you who did that put him off.
My friend blamed Muslims and Pakistan for the re-shaping of India which I found preposterous.
How is Pakistan responsible for the rise of Yogi Adityanath ? I kicked him out of my house and have stopped drinking with him
I pity Parsis because they are doomed either way. Their refuge in India is under threat from strident sub-nationalism and the rise of Hindutva. The Hindutva proponents lump the Parsis as Hindus as they lump all non-Muslim and Christian minorities in India as Hindus . The Parsis are so far silent unlike the Sikhs who don't like being classified as Hindus.
But to my ex-drinking buddy this all the fault of Pakistan.