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The Meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism

Etihas video magazine - Issue 5, May 2016

Last month, we featured a few songs recited/performed in a Delhi convention about Nationalism and patriotism. From the same convention, we now bring you a selection of talks by eminent scholars such as Vivek Kumar, Nandini Sundar, Prabir Purkayastha, and Ashutosh Kumar, among others. These talks were delivered at Delhi’s Gandhi Peace Foundation on 12th March 2016, (organized by Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangha, Janwadi Lekhak Sangha, Jan Sanskriti Manch, Dalit Lekhak Sangh and Sahitya Samvad, under the banner Azad Watan Azad Zuban. The theme of the first meeting was ‘Desh Prem ke Maaine – The Meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism'. The phrase ‘desh prem’ (literally, love for the land) doesn’t really translate as patriotism or nationalism, the two of which themselves are different concepts. Details about this event can be seen here.

1. Vivek Kumar on Nationalism and the Caste Question (14:35 mins)

2. Nandini Sundar: Who defines deshprem (patriotism) in India? (9:40)

3. Prabir Purkayastha: The meaning of patriotism/nationalism (11:03 mins)

4. Ashutosh Kumar on India's political future (11:04 mins)

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