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John Wood wrote:
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>  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.

John Briggs