Nationalism

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Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS

Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS Historically, the philosophical roots of the RSS can be located in German National Socialism and the former has constantly strived to live up to the ideals of its mentors. This is best illustrated when the RSS indulges in Goebbelsian doublespeak to further its exclusivist nationalism. A lie…

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Shadow of Fascism

Shadow of Fascism In its attack on civil liberties, its restructuring of the State to effect an acute centralisation of power, and its pervasive purveyance of fear, the Modi years resemble Indira Gandhi’s Emergency. But the resemblance stops there. In fact the two differ fundamentally in several ways.   First, there were no lynch mobs,…

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Invoking Patriotism as a Way of Shutting Down Questions

Invoking Patriotism as a Way of Shutting Down Questions Patriotism is in the air. Literally.   Air India, the national carrier, has been instructed to use ‘Jai Hind’ after every on-board announcement on every flight. Naturally, this decision has triggered a thousand and more online jokes and memes. Will crew members now say, “We will…

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Difference Between a Nationalist and a Patriot

Difference Between a Nationalist and a Patriot The term nationalist has acquired a new meaning in the context of its use (or misuse) in current day politics around the world.     Often nationalism is positioned as a reaction to globalism. Protecting the interests of a nation under attack from international economic, ideological and terrorist…

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‘Where They Burn Books, They Will Burn Men as Well’

‘Where They Burn Books, They Will Burn Men as Well’ It had been a balmy early-summer day in Berlin, but by late afternoon, storm clouds started gathering overhead. As evening fell, a slight drizzle set in, forcing many Berliners to stay indoors. Yet, groups of young women and men—more men than women—started converging on the…