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Allegro molto

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When India decided that it was "secular," what it really meant, without spelling it out, was that Hindus, who make up the majority of the nation, would have to accommodate themselves to the ways of other religions, even if this meant taking some cultural blows. So, Hindus would have to accept the slaughter of cows, which they consider sacred (some Indian states have banned cow slaughter); the Muslim community’s perceived infatuation with Pakistan; the conversion of poor, low-caste Hindus to Christianity by evangelists; and the near impossibility of getting admitted to some prestigious schools and colleges run by Christian organizations because so many places are reserved for Christian students.
The anger and frustration of middle-class Hindus at all this and more greatly contributed to the Hindu nationalist movement, which picked up strength through the 1980s as an upper-caste uprising that identified conservative Islam and the Babri Masjid, one of the enduring monuments of the Moghul conquest of India, as foes.
(from Secularism in Search of a Nation, December 5, 2012, the New York Times)

About the 'and more greatly':
1. If the 'more greatly' simply modifies the 'contributed', why is the 'and' necessary?
2. What is the object of comparison regarding 'more greatly', that is, than what?

Thank you
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi Allegro

    It's a toughie - but I would interpret the sentence as "the anger and frustration at all this and more ... greatly contributed to..." rather than "all this and more greatly ... contributed to..."
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