The profile and burden of diseases in India are very different from those of Europe and North America but the tropical climate is not the main reason. In the past India's climate may have moulded her culture, with the resultant complacent attitudes, fatalistic beliefs, and unhygienic behaviour, but today's science, technology. XXV It must also be emphasized that the above account of the main characteristics of Indian kingship from the point of view of the comparative study of religion does not intend to be anything like a history of kingship in ancient India . We could not go into such questions as to how far royal authority was, in practical life. 4 Apr Ancient paintings in an Indian temple challenge Western ideas of the relationship between spirituality and sensuality, says writer and historian William Dalrymple.