Patriotism can never be a solution but another difficulty for any Nation facing problems on social traditionals religious financial and linguistic issues.
Ok, it’s obvious to have emotional feelings for the land we belong to but this land can be the mohalla, or village, or tehsil or district.. commissionery, state, region, nation, subcontinent continent, the globe too! This is patriotism! To die for your land, to have emotional touch. It is helpful for people to get the land out of problems but if this emotion is politically misused to achieve power, it is big trouble for all – people, region, nation.. Patriotism and Nationalism too are dividing forces like racism, casteism, for peaceful global humanity.
Nationalism and Patriotism both have limits but Nationalism is bigger and broader concept than Patriotism. Bhagat Singh, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Manavendranath Roy.. these kind of people were not just patriotic, they had broader visions and they sacrificed their lives for justice, equality, peace. I don’t think Jiddu, UG, Osho, Ramana can be limited within Patriotism and Nationalism.
Patriotism is a feeling not thought. It’s not concept in that sense. It can be provoked, stimulated, used, misused for personal or particular benefits. It’s not universal value like Truth, Humanity, Equality, Justice, Peace. Patriotism is always harmful for Nationalism.
Few people in India are claiming to be Patriotic and Nationalist, both but the facts prove them wrong. These Fake Nationalists can be noticed easily spreading rumours and provoking Patriotism behind any issue which can bring them benefits. Extreme Nationalism is another problem and illness for an Healthy Nation. They teach to be proud of regional history, they promote regional historical kings as their heroes. They claim that only their caste, their race, their history, were great and glorious. They believe if you are not like them, you are Traitor!
Being Anti-National, Anti-Patriotic are not bad and sometimes it’s good to be Anti-National, Anti-Patriotic. Nijam-Ul-Mulk was not traitor. He found Moghuls had lost values so he built his own State and in 1947 his land was the biggest most kingdom of this South-Asian Sub Continent. An Earthian also can be considered Anti-National & Anti-Patriotic but He Loves his Planet more than Nation.
Patriotism is a feeling. One can show and express this feeling. One can salute flags, say only my country is great, my land, ..I will not allow outsiders to come and earn here because my land belongs to native people only. .. etc. But, Love, Truth, Justice, Peace, Equality demands more than being just patriotic or nationalist.
We must remember that the Nation and Country is by people. If country or nation becomes more important than people than the Nation and Country are worst. Their people will never have Peace-With-Love! In this kind of lands, Rulers are considered respected and important more than The People. Here people do not have Right to ask their leaders ‘What Have You Done For Us?’ Rather, leader asks People ‘Cannot You Sacrifice For Your Nation/Country/Land?’
Most of the Nations in this world are facing Extreme Nationalism, Patriotism within Nation. Separatists are Patriotic and heroes for their land and their people. I don’t know exactly but I think, dictators have been claiming themselves to be Patriotic and this is how their opponents were considered Traitors, Anti-Patriotic, Anti-Nationalists. They successfully stimulated feelings of people and used to achieve Power. Robespierre was Nationalist, Patriotic, Traitor, Separatist or what?
If one Loves his land, his country, his nation, their people, rivers, air, ..he can Love people, air, rivers, birds ..of other nations too.
I Love the mohalla I was born in, I Love Kosmi, I Love people of Kosmi. I Love Balaghat, I Love people of Balaghat. I Love MP, I Love people of MP. I Love India, I Love people of India. I Love South Asian Subcontinent and I Love its people. I Love Earth Planet, I’m an Earthian though I Love this Universe, Sun, Moon, Stars..
02:07am Sunday 19th February 2017