Patriotism and nostalgia are again enjoying a close relationship in today’s turbulent politics. Why should this be, and what are the potential consequences?
The uniquely Indian crime of anti-nationalism is crippling political debate in a country already fraught with social tensions.
On Remembrance Day, we consider the patriotism of the soldiers who fought and died in the First World War. For many, an ‘exhilarating adventure’ quickly came to be seen as nothing but ‘an insane policy of conquest.’
Among the endless and increasingly panicked reasons offered to try and rationalise Trump’s success in the US presidential race, one factor remains consistently overlooked. His unabashed use of patriotism has allowed him to instantly and consistently connect with a broad swathe of voters in a deeply proud, but otherwise deeply divided, nation.