14 August, 2016

Patriotism versus Nationalism

Ever since BJP has come to power in the centre, there seems to be too much discussion by the paparazzi and the Fourth estate about how the decisions are swinging from the center to the right... progressively towards the extreme right.

This recent article by Gurcharan Das in The Sunday Times on Patriotism versus Nationalism brings back the same thoughts. 
Strangely, if you look at the dictionary meanings to the two words, they seem almost identical... both referring to a patriotic feeling.

nationalism.
[ˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m]
NOUN
1.patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.
"an early consciousness of nationalism and pride"

patriotism.
[ˈpeɪtrɪətɪz(ə)m]
NOUN
1.the quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one's country.

"a highly decorated officer of unquestionable integrity and patriotism"

Then why is it that the media seems to be equating nationalism with jingoism, and patriotism with something more controlled. Both emotions are strong, referring to our love for our country. Extremism exists in all emotions, and none are justified, but that doesn't justify the usage of the words to our convenience.

Though I agree with the intent of what Gurcharan Das has to say, I somehow disagree with the use of the words chosen.

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