There is little room for soft power in Trump’s foreign policy; diplomacy has been side-lined in favour of military solutions.
The aura that has been created around national symbols has been such that any debate is cast in terms of only patriotism, not freedom of speech.
The BJP MP also said that there should be a bill to punish those who do not respect Vande Matram and the national flag.
The next time a Vinay Katiyar makes a claim to turn mosques, mausoleums and memorials into temples, the least one can do is cite Mookerjee’s impartial view.
Day one at the festival offered mixed opinions on how literature comes into the globalisation vs nationalism debate.
Recalling the path-breaking dialogues of Gandhi, Ambedkar and Tagore that give us a vision of India beyond hyper-masculine and obsessively self-conscious militarised nationalism.
Premchand’s nationalism often looked inward, at Indians, the decay of their culture, the condition of women and poor, the caste system or communalism.
A Yuva Morcha leadersaid that the mutt was made impure as people who ‘eat cow meat’ and those who are ‘anti-Hindu’ had entered it.
To set the record straight, Hindi is not even the national language of India, but is a link language like English.
Misogyny is particularly vicious when combined with majoritarian nationalism.
Modi was referring to a letter issued last month by Gandhinagar archbishop Thomas Macwan in which he had appealed to Christians to pray to save the country from “nationalist forces”.
The foreign enemy has already been overdone. We need to invent new enemies. History or a certain version of it is to be flaunted to graze up our sore spot.
Putting money into the hands of local communities will be a more useful antidote to the whims of world capitalism.
All college and school students enrolled in the NSS have been told to participate.
Eminent historian and scholar Ramachandra Guha delivered this lecture on ‘Patriotism versus Jingoism’ at the 23rd Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.
Ultimately, the bench decided to leave it to the government to decide whether its order needs to be diluted or further cemented.
For IS militants, unlike Socrates, only an “unexamined life” is worth living.
Amid the slow and accumulating distortions in school textbooks, monuments and mainstream media, we need a renewed scrutiny of the majoritarian nationalism that was behind the 1947 catastrophe.
Compelling citizens to listen to the national anthem with the objective of inculcating patriotism and nationalism violates the very autonomy that the nine-judge bench of the apex court recently upheld.
This week: Why women are joining the alt-right, a young woman’s thoughts on joining the RSS and the gendered expectations of nationalism.
Let us kindle within young Indians a strong desire to work for a better present, as against the ‘proud Indian’ who merely dreams of resurrecting some ‘golden age’ from the past.
“Neutrality” that draws equivalences in order shame the liberal voice into not speaking out actually ends up helping the forces of illiberalism.
In our plural secular democracy…the ‘other’ is to be none other than the ‘self’. Any derogation from it would be detrimental to its core values.
After Bhargava organised a controversial meeting at a research lab in Hyderabad in 1967, he was summoned by a committee set up by the Centre to be quizzed about his meat-eating preferences. Golwalkar was part of the committee.
“We have the right to consider holy any animal we like but to hope that followers of another religion will consider it equally sacred is nothing but to incite violence.”
Modi asked all MPs to hold events similar to last year’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ to celebrate Independence Day and the anniversary of the Quit India movement.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
In the 82nd episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses how the BJP IT cell indulges in organised trolling, and the imposition of linguistic nationalism in India.
Leveraging Vietnam’s influential “cult of heroes” allows the government to control public sentiment and religiosity, and channel it into nationalism.
Sporting disciplines that do not feature within the mainstream are deemed unworthy of our attention unless they bring glory – a selfish idea with little to say for the development of Indian sport.
In a freewheeling conversation with Siddharth Varadarajan, the celebrated historian discusses the place of nationalism in contemporary Indian politics, the role of the media and of the public intellectual
Does the story of the Indian railways really stop at presenting a fact file of imperial patronage?
The Sangh’s concerted campaign of anti-Muslim prejudice aims to completely marginalise the community in the public sphere.
“Our right to free speech and expression is not a gift or a privilege that the government bestows on us; it is our right.”
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
Proponents of inward-looking politics have demonstrated an impressive capacity to exploit the globalisation of the political sphere.
When Balraj Sahni spoke truth to power.
Defence policy in India should not be seen as the final ‘good’ that nobody can disagree with.
There is a historical explanation for the appropriation of music and performance practices as part of the nationalist project in both India and Pakistan.
‘There are 25 crore Muslims in the country, where will you fling them? If you throw them in the ocean, it will dry up; if you think of burying them, there won’t be enough land for it. The only solution is that you embrace them.’