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The darker side of Nationalism
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 11:59 PM IST
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The struggle to establish free independent Nation is not an easy road. It requires the conscious effort of common men, mutual trust, good faith and perfect harmony irrespective of sex, creed, colour etc. The history of nationalism was popularly emerged in late 17th century AD in various part of the world. The scope of nationalism may differ from one country to another. For instance, in India, Nationalism aimed at the struggle for freedom from British rule. As far as nationalism is concerned, I would like to pose a question that how far Naga nationalism stands today before the eye of the world? Do we call the wanton destruction of lives and property, suffering of the innocent people, waging war among Nagas as a means of settling the disputes with India as Naga nationalism? To my mind, nationalism is a sense of patriotic feeling having a sensation of being distinct from others. It is a common race, language, history, culture, tradition, hopes and aspiration of the people. It is indeed true to believe that Naga have lost political objective (a local daily dated 30 July’09). The chief minister’s bold a assertion might have been said after thorough studied the present state of affairs. If Nagas are destined to live as a free independent nation state and rise to world power in near future, we must have freedom to think, speech and criticize the error of our countrymen’s way. Tax is obligatory. Almost every household paying tax to national workers, yet the money meant for freedom struggle is very negative impact. They procure arms from foreign to kill only our fellowmen. This places us signal for disintegration of Naga guess for sovereignty. Under such act of imaginary, aimless and disastrous innovation has bound to ignore the wishes of the populace. This causes immense misery to the people and made Naga embittered that leads towards unknown destiny. Today, Nagas worry that all hopes and dreams might end-up in smoke. This proved to be shocking which gave fatal blow to our age-long cherishing dream. Longeryanger Imchen, Baptist College, Kohima.

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