Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as

noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain.

Is there a similar word for a person who hates India?

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    Head over to electronics.stackexchange with the endless flood of poorly researched homework questions and you will find quite a few of these.. :/
    – pipe
    Jul 8, 2016 at 2:48
  • @pipe I'm intrigued!!
    – insanity
    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:59
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    Pretty sure this can be trivially looked up in any general reference, or even Stack Overflow where it seems common enough. See also the evolution of the modern anti-Indian movement in North America.
    – tchrist
    Jul 9, 2016 at 23:56

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One could form a neologism "misindicist" or "misindist". Technically, "-phobe" refers to one who fears (not hates) something; "mis-" refers to hatred (not fear) of something. This would be formed on the analogy of "misogynist" or "misanthrope".

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    "Technically, '-phobe' refers to one who fears (not hates) something" That is not true, despite the original meaning of the root. Jul 8, 2016 at 1:09
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    Misindi(ci)st may be well-formed and etymologically sound, but it would be extremely unlikely to be understood by anyone. Jul 8, 2016 at 6:19
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    While this is indeed less likely to be understood than Indophobe, I do agree that it is more correct. Mis- is indeed still used more to denote hate, whereas -phobia indicates mostly fear. A misogynist doesn't necessarily fear women, and an aviophobe usually doesn't hate planes (but just fears having to travel in one). Jul 9, 2016 at 15:01
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    (But Anglophobia is certainly common and does rather mean hate against Britain rather than fear of the British.) Jul 9, 2016 at 15:10

The combining form of ‘India’ is Indo-, so the obvious answer is Indophobe/Indophobia.

This isn’t exactly a widely used word, but Googling it does bring up a few dictionary definitions (e.g., Wiktionary), a Wikipedia article (where it’s used synonymously with the main title, “Anti-Indian sentiment”), and usages by media outlets like the BBC and Huffington Post.

More importantly, both the combining form Indo- and the suffix -phobia are common enough to be widely recognised, so any competent English speaker should know immediately what you mean if you use it.

At any rate, I am not aware of any other words more commonly used to describe this.

  • Browsing the Internet, you do come across the word "Indiaphobe." For example on the website of the Australian Cat Ladies there is this sentence... >I hate Indian food, doesn’t mean I hate Indians or I’m an Indiaphobe and you can’t force me to like it as you do with everyone who opposes your beliefs. Jul 7, 2016 at 7:52
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    @yuzuki I may be biased (being an Indo-Europeanist), but I have never heard of anyone using Indo- to refer to Indonesia. A combining form of Indonesia would have to be something like Indoneso- or Indonesio-, if it exists at all. Jul 7, 2016 at 10:25
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    @JanusBahsJacquet in Dutch, Indo- predominantly refers to Indonesian rather than Indian. This is most likely caused by the fact that Indonesia was once a Dutch colony whereas we had a lot less interaction with India.
    – Cronax
    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:19
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    @Cronax. The Indo- prefix indicates India and the Indian subcontinent. Examples of words with Indo- prefix: Indology, Indologist, Indomania, Indophile and Indo-European. Jul 7, 2016 at 13:01
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    The web link - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo Jul 7, 2016 at 13:09

India-hater appears to be a term recently used in papers and on the net:

Why are Modi haters turning into India haters?

Message to India-haters: Five reasons we don't give a damn

  • I am an India hater. And I don't do it for foolishness as many 'india lovers' would think of. Yahoo Answers
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    Why in the world would anyone rely in Yahoo, btw ;)
    – user103177
    Jul 7, 2016 at 8:38
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    It is just a colloquial usage example, confirmed by papers.
    – user66974
    Jul 7, 2016 at 8:52
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    @user36790 I think Yahoo Answers is sort of like Stack Exchange but without all the knowledgeable users and without moderation? lol
    – Fiksdal
    Jul 8, 2016 at 8:07
  • @Fiksdal A more general SE, but... WITHOUT MODERATION!! Only flags help there, no, there are no "mods", there are "flag checkers". No, post something bad, and one day someone will flag it! Lazy, LAZY people.
    – EKons
    Jul 8, 2016 at 8:15

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