We all have been taught the concept of Nation State that arose in the West and is Biblical in its origins, ie, the concept is essentially hate-based.
The Indian experience is unexplainable in terms of this relatively recent construct. In fact, even the contemporary European experience is out of synch with their own concept of Nation State.
This is because most intellectual issues are rooted in the anti-intellectual framing of problems that put the Text out of Context. Consequently, the Narratives are NOT led by Data but data gathering is LED by Narratives.
This explains the humongous challenge posed by the cult of SECULAR LIBERAL ORTHODOXY globally, including India.
The experience of Indian Nationhood spanning more than 10,000 years and the current Western experience can be well-explained with the help of STATE NATION that is inclusive and territorial with linguistic-ethnic-religious differences left to be coordinated by the agency called STATE.
Here, these differences are accorded peripheral importance whereas they become central to the concept of Nation State. The European & West Asian States are living examples of the Semetic construct of Nation State.
On the other hand, though divided on religious basis by the European Colonialists for the followers of the other BOOK (Qur’an), India continues to be ONE despite thousands of languages and hundreds of Panths, religions etc. This underlying oneness is hardly understood by the Indian copycats of Western constructs.
– Chandrakant P Singh
Note: For a nuanced understanding of the concept of STATE NATION, please refer to the writings of Dr Nirmala Mani Adhikary .
January 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm
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