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What does it mean here that Indian character has tended to fatalism and quietism?

I am reading ‘The Wonder That Was India’ by A.L.Basham. In chapter 1, Introduction the author has this to say, Many other ancient civilizations, such as those of the Greeks, Romans and Chinese, had to contend with hard winters, which encouraged sturdiness and resource. India, on the other hand, was blessed by a bounteous Nature, […]