The ubiquitousness of nationalism-related incidents or rather crimes has got folks too much used to such felonies that are taking place in the name of nationalism. We’re living in a country where people are being segregated on the basis of nationalism. Nationalism is turning out to be poisonous. These so-called nationalists are carrying out inexorable atrocities, particularly mob-lynching, with a tacit impunity. They claim to be doing it for the sake of their love for their country. The question is, do they really love India? The answer, without any doubt, is NO. Had they been loving their country, there would be no such thing as mob-lynching, for loving India means loving its every facet. If you love your country, why would you ever want to call for a bandh, and vandalise the infrastructure or torch the vehicles? What makes your love for your nation discernable is when you resort to living with peace and harmony with every person who this country is a motherland to. The current situation in India is topsy-turvy. It’s pretty delineating that the biggest motivator for these people is antagonism towards other religions, specifically, Islam. Ironically, though a little inexplicable and deprived of sense, the logic is quite simple: if you support Hinduism and are against Islam, you’re nationalist; if you support Islam and are against Hinduism, you’re anti-nationalist. Wait, how, and most importantly, why religion came into all this? Did nationalism trigger religion-based hatred, or is it the religion-based hatred that gave rise to nationalism? It is this hatred entrenched in a person’s mind since childhood that is detouring nationalism to a wrong direction.
Knowingly doing any act that disrupts the national peace and taking lives of your fellow countrymen in the name of nationalism is antithesis of having love for your country. These nationalism-motivated condemnable and igmonious acts being carried out by pseudo-nationalists have become a dime a dozen. Ipso facto, I have started hating the word ‘nationalism’. So much so, I’d rather be bullwhipped than want to be called a nationalist, or for that matter, even anti-nationalist.
Clearly, nationalism has polarised our country even more. Nationalism, which is certainly heading towards a dangerous direction, seems to be permeating in the air of the country.
The status quo of nationalism is engendering massive conundrum which needs to be coped with as quickly as possible. This aggressive form of nationalism would take a toll and go out of hands unless there’s a metal divide-eradicating change taking place in our minds.