Yes I guess India is stronger than we Americans tend to think, or pay attention to.
I have heard this, I've heard a few stories about how religion plays out in the lives of Indians and it is remarkable. They have the whole range of witch-doctors, shamans, faith healers, mystics, snake charmers, and other assorted sham-artists. Their culture is still largely under the "spell" of magic, which means that they really don't know what to believe, which way is up, or how to think about the world. We atheists have a big responsibility to educate the world so we can help rid it of dangerous ideas which have control over the minds of most people on earth.
My feeling is that they don't understand the gravity of the broader situation, because the gravity of their own situation is pressing on them hard enough for them to even look at the long term. Right now, those who want to fight the terrorists in Pakistan may even be outnumbered by those who are the terrorists, or who support them at least. The recent bin Laden debacle proves this. It seems likely that virtually all ISI (Pakistani intelligence) and many people at very high levels of their military not only knew where bin Laden was, they were hiding him from the Americans just like the Taliban did at the beginning of this war! We cracked open one beehive only to find a much larger hornets nest behind it. Pakistan could quickly become the enemy on a par with Iran and North Korea if the good guys aren't able to get a handle on the bad guys over there and quick.