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Nationalism, patriotism or rising jingoism
It looks like the trend of teaching and instilling patriotism is picking up pace and is here to stay. Nationalism and patriotism seem to be in short supply so new methods are being invented to manufacture it. We have experienced the feeling of patriotism during wars that our country fought with other nations but now even in times of peace we are being forced to feel, revere and hold that feeling in our hearts. The recent case is Supreme Court s judgment on making the national anthem is played at the start of screenings of the movies in cinema halls with the national flag displayed on the screen. It isn t that feeling patriotic is bad, it is the attitude of being coerced into feeling something that makes the concept artificial and disgraceful rather than real and reverent. Why has the court transformed the national anthem and national flag into signatures of power and authority? Why has it relied on invoking Part IV of the Constitution, the Fundamental Duties, to justify a coerced display of respect? And what is the idea of constitutional patriotism? We cannot convert our rights into legally enforceable duties. Nationalism as compulsion is a pitiful condition indeed.

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