Nationalism- one of the most misinterpreted terms today.Many thoughts crossed my mind on seeing the picture of two kids playing with the national flag. I thought of writing about plastic flags or about the importance of such historical days or as to whether it is just another festival day for the kids or as to how such days are enjoyed by many as mere holidays or about those snobs who consider/ pretend themselves to be nationalists (unlike others) to the core and so on.
But after giving it a lot of thought, I felt that it would be better to share my feeling as to how nationalism has come to be one of the most misinterpreted terms in the recent past. I am not interested in bringing in a political angle to the topic because I personally feel that nationalism is something above politics.
Nationalism was a feeling, an emotion very close to the heart, which every Indian entertained as part of his culture and bringing up. But over a period of time, it has been reduced to a criterion to judge and categorize our citizens. Some section of the people has set certain benchmarks, based on our food habits, how we think, what and how we speak, how we dress up, how we conduct ourselves and so on to decide the level of nationalism among the people. If it was totally an emotion that bonded us as a nation earlier, it is now almost a tool that threatens to divide us.
I sincerely wish and hope that we all conceive and understand nationalism in its true spirit and let our love and commitment to this great nation remain intact forever.
This is an entry to the Picture (topic) based TOW contest for January.