Good and bad nationalism

July 10, 2021 12:59 pm

In the Nepali language, the two terms deshbhakti (patriotism) and rastrabhakti (nationalism) have been used interchangeably, but people are slowly differentiating between them. Patriotism is the love of the land: a yearning for soil's sound, sight, and smell. When we feel nostalgic for our own patch of land, music, food, dress, and tradition, we are becoming patriotic. In contrast, nationalism is devotion to the state or polity and far more ideologically driven than patriotism.

Perils of nationalism

May 28, 2020 02:00 am

When it was decided that the United States would join the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson promised the world would be “made safe for democracy”. Having been reelected in 1916 with the campaign slogan “He kept us out of war”, this decision marked a reversal of the initial position of ‘neutrality’ adopted by America in 1914. But it wasn’t just Wilson who had a change of heart; the entire country witnessed a shift in public opinion. The sinking of the Lusitania, the revelation made by the Zimmermann Telegraph, in culmination with other factors, suggested imminent danger to the sovereignty of United States, and in response, President Wilson issued the declaration of war in 1917.

Geopolitics of Holocaust Memory

February 5, 2020 08:05 am

PARIS – The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army is an occasion marked by angst as well as sadness. Anti-Semitism is back with a vengeance around the world, as if the lessons of the Holocaust had evaporated with time—or, even worse, had never been fully integrated into our collective consciousness.

POKHARA, Nov 22: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday said that Prime Minister KP Oli’s nationalism has turned lampasarbad (inertia).

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who chose to flaunt a traditional Kanjeevaram sari styled with a twist with a corset and gloves at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival here, said she considers nationalism spiritual in nature.

Identity and nationalism

February 16, 2019 04:58 am

Patriotism transforms nations into beautiful democracies with peace and open societies.

Disruptive ethnic nationalism

October 23, 2018 00:30 am

The rise of radical ethnic nationalism as a response to fears of terrorism and mass migration represents a more fundamentally transformative crisis

On nationalism and populism

August 26, 2018 02:00 am

Nationalism is the highest priority for Nepal but our rulers and political actors are using and abusing it as the political weapon to get into and remain in power

Failing on nationalism

June 3, 2018 01:00 am

Oli has lost the image of a true nationalist. He has been discredited in the eyes of Nepalis

Paradox of nationalism

April 2, 2018 00:30 am

Those who advocate populist nationalism in every opportunity may be a more severe threat to our nation

JANAKPURDHAM, August 1: CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has called on the people of mountain, hill and Terai to unite to overcome what he claimed 'dogmatic' nationalism intended to separate the hill and the Madhesh.