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Nationalism: When an inclusive version is supplanted by a narrow definition

In the first of a two-part series, the author talks about the form of nationalism that is being attempted to be dismantled by the Hindu nationalists

Illustration by Binay Sinha
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Illustration by Binay Sinha

Pranab Bardhan
Einstein had called nationalism “an infantile disease, the measles of mankind”. Many contemporary cosmopolitan liberals are similarly sceptical, contemptuous or dismissive, as its current epidemic rages all around the world particularly in the form of right-wing extremist or populist movements. While I understand the liberal attitude, I think it’ll be irresponsible of us to let the illiberals meanwhile, hijack the idea of nationalism for their nefarious purpose. Nationalism is too passionate and historically explosive an issue to be left to their tender mercies. It is important to fight the virulent forms of the disease with an appropriate antidote and try
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First Published: Oct 30 2019 | 9:27 PM IST

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