Patriots And Nationalists

Political laziness and ignorance are largely behind the use of such terms as ‘patriots’ and ‘nationalists’, interchangeably. While both intrinsically link the relationship of a citizen to the nation, the differences are stark both in terms of usage and the implied import.

The American journalist, Sidney Harris, has remarked, “The difference between patriotism and Nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, while the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to a war.

This suggests a definite supremacy and intolerance attached to the nationalist, whereas an overarching sense of duty and service can be attributed to the patriot, who could disagree with any action of the state, without any erosion of their loyalty or fidelity to the state.

Clearly, the patriot is a more democratic, value-based and intellectual being who has the humility to correct himself whenever required. The nationalist is naturally contemptuous, intolerant and brooks no questions. As George Orwell has written “nationalism is the worst enemy of peace”


(Lt Gen PVSM, AVSM Retd, Former Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands & Puducherry)

Part of a column,Published in Echo Of India,24 Dec

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World needs ‘you’

Don’t let your time to be spare;

The world needs you to care.

You have to make the future fair;

It’s you who have to dare.

Ratna, Nobel on your way;

If you bent on and you stay.

The path you choose whatever be;

It should be for society.

The barriers may break;

If your determination is great.

Obstacles are fake;

If your will does not shake.

Future will be bright;

If you work in the way that is right.

Failure will strike;

But conceding against success is not right.

Make failure as your stepping stone;

You will get success very soon.

Also the beautiful shining moon;

Have some bemoan about its own.

Fear should be hated and forgotten;

Nothing is there which cannot be done.

Leave the bad past behind;

Take the present and try to shine.

——————Shabeeha Khadeeja

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Let’s put India first

Let’s put India first,

Our country, our nation the best;

Let’s make the tricolour fly high,

Let’s make India shine in the dark sky.

Swaminathan did,the Missile man did it too;

Now, it’s our turn to do.

Oh!Indians unite for the nation,

Unite for its dignity,unite for it’s strength.

Much diversity we have,more unity we should,

Religions we have, but first Indians we should.

Don’t fight for money,don’t fight for position.

Fight for humanity,fight for education.

The pride of the motherland,the pride of the nation.

Will give you respect and satisfaction.

Let’s put India first,

Our country,our nation the best.

—-Shabeeha Khadeeja

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