Posted by Kumar Gaurav on April 03, 19101 at 02:19:45:
In Reply to: Gandhi and Nationalism posted by Drew on April 01, 19101 at 16:26:04:
Nationalism is often limited to function as mere political term. We believe that 'Nationalism' is intense love for one's nation. This is true. However, we use the keyword - nation - politically.
For example, thinking about nationalistic ideas of Gandhi, we focus on his passion/patriotism towards India. However, Gandhi never showed any kind of passion or patriotism. All he showed was a passion towards freedom, and he showed it not only in India but everywhere.
Therefore, what we are met with is a paradox. How can we think about the nationalistic feelings of a person who never had such feelings?
The solution is simple. We will have to think of the nationalism in Gandhi as social/humanistic rather than political. As you may find out after reading the 'Influences' section of our website, Gandhi was moved by religion and culture instead of politics. And, he used religion and culture as weapons against the British. He used religion and culture to awaken the masses. He used religion and culture to provoke them to fight for the Indian independence. Therefore, it can be said that the ideas of Gandhi were very nationalistic in ideological, religious, cultural and philosophical senses.
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