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Straight Angle™: Nationalistic Pride!
Monday, February 05, 2007

Nationalistic Pride! 

I am just waiting for more Indian noises! I fail to understand the excitement over this news(purely and only from the perspective that I am ranting about here) and the tag "Indian-American". I am afraid we live in such a hypocratic world that I wonder what makes us think she is Indian anymore. I am sure Sunitha got where she got, not because of her nationality. She got there through her hard work, intellect and merits. To claim a national pride where there exists none - or at least to rejoice in such nationalistic jingoism, sucks.

I am skeptical whether Sunitha would claim herselves an Indian, anymore than Musharaff would claim himselves an Indian. I wonder how come none of our news papers ever call Musharaff an "Indian-Pakistani". In the same league, how about calling Advani, as "Pakistani-Indian"? Such stupidity!

I had never been a votary for this thing called "Nationalism"[Though I can understand there is some shred of pride in me, in the fact of being called an Indian- Old habits- die hard]- When are we going to come out of the Nation State? I think the time has come for Nation State to wither..But frankly, I am unable to see an alternative. May be just states and not Nation States would be a solution. But states can't survive without becoming a Nation State- else America would have been a province of England still.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Mouly said...

Very true...there seems to be no limit to media hypes...and mind till date I have never read any story relating to Sunita williams!!...so much to do nowadays for avoiding all media hypes...
And about nationalism - Men in power need some groups to control and a common ideology to bind people - naturally nationalism (or stateism which later on become nationalism) is the first choice or language. Raceism, religion will come out in the future; Nationalism might have its root in the initial tribal ideology before and during civilizations. Thats how head of a tribe will try to bind you together so that he has something else to concentrate.

2/06/2007 12:50 AM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

If a foreign national of Indian origin gets into some trouble - like getting involved in any terrorism related activities, we would be quick to point out that he is not an Indian citizen, ONLY that he was of Indian origin. Hell with these standards.

2/06/2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Mouly: Indeed true..I have been thinking on the same lines, on how Nations are formed..Is it that, we "actually" discover some commonality with our neighbors or that this commonality is being invented by someone. As an individual, my visibility to my neighbourhood is pretty limited..but still we tend to perceive our neighbours more gently than we would perceive someone far off...things to ponder.

@Chakra:How very true...may be thats the reason Mush is still Pakistani and not a Indian-Pakistani! ;)

2/06/2007 7:32 PM  

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