John Wood wrote:
> Though one thing that has struck me is that from 'my colonial days'
> I would not consider India as the Far East nor as part of the Middle
> East, anyone agree?
I think the answer is that it was originally included in the Middle East
(hence "Near East") - but the Middle East moved further west!
Remember also that "Middle East" is nowadays code for 'Muslim', so it can
include Afghanistan and (sometimes) Pakistan.