Nationalism is the love for one’s country and the willingness to defend it. Wars, though harmful, faster a spirit of unitary among the people. The moment there is a threat to the nation from an enemy, the patriotic feelings of the people are aroused.
Nationalism inspires the people for the noble deeds. A social reformer, an ideal statesman are all patriots in the true sense of the term. Nationalist rejoice in the glory of their country. It nurtures fellow feeling and brotherhood among the people. Terrorists commit acts of barbarism in the name of nationalism. Man’s aggressive instinct against enemy nations is a regrettable fact. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights work for the protection of human rights globally. it is hoped that the bond of humanity will strengthen in the years to come.
The spirit of nationalism binds the diverse people of nation into a strong bond. Wars though harmful foster a spirit of unity among the people. The moment there is threat to the nation from an enemy, the patriotic feelings of the people are aroused. They forget their petty differences of caste, creed and class. They stand behind their leaders to fight against the enemy. Nationalism imparts extraordinary courage and boldness to ordinary men and women. They accomplish daring acts beyond their normal power. They are even ready to lay down their lives for the sake of the country.
Joan of Arc, called the ‘maid of Orleans’ was only nineteen when she protested against English domination of France. She was captured by the British and brunt alive at the stake. She became a national hero. She was glorified in the 20th century.
During the revolt of 1857, the people of India, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, etc. fought as one man for a common cause. This spirit of nationalism ultimately made the British leave the country in 1947.
The Chinese aggression of India in 1962 aroused great patriotic fervor among the people. forgetting their internal hostilities, the Indians stood together against the enemy. Men donated blood and volunteered for joining the armed forces. Women contributed their jewelry to the Nation Defence Fund. Thus, people from all parts of India got united just like members of a family.
Nationalism is one of the noblest virtues. It unites the people of a country against the common enemy. It inspires the people for noble deeds. Love for one’s country means a regard for the country’s welfare. A social reformer is also a patriot. He attempts to eradicate the social problems of a country. He fights against vested interests, traditions and customs.
A person who is settled abroad longs for his homeland, that is another form of nationalism. He can never forget his home. In his dreams, he roams in his native land. Once who faithfully discharges one’s civic duties and obeys the law of the land is also a patriot. He is always on the side of righteousness and order.
Nationalist rejoice in the glory of their country. When India wins cricket matches, people from all parts of country burn fire crackers and distribute sweets. Victories in the international sports or beauty contests delight all the citizens. In nurtures fellow feeling and brotherhood among the people. it is also a source of inspiration those who aim to achieve the same.
Many terrorist outfits, in the name of nationalism, train youngsters to follow the wrong path killing and destruction. The Palestinian suicide bombings and Israeli retaliation in the Middle East is often attributed to patriotism. Dropping of atom bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima was an act of nationalism one the part of the Americans. But it was an act of barbarism which killed thousands of innocent men, women and children. Man has conquered space and time. He has become more civilized. But, his aggressive instinct against enemy nations is a regrettable fact.
The world today has turned into a global village. The United Nations Commission on Human rights work for the protection of human rights globally. It promotes humanism which transcends the boundaries of nations. It binds people to diverse nations into the bonds of humanity. Natural calamities like famines, earthquakes etc. move to pity citizens of different counties around the global. They help the victims by donating money, foodstuff and medicines. It is hoped that the bond of humanity will strengthen in the years to come.
A nationalist loves not only his country but also people of his country. In India, we have numerous examples of patriots who scarified their lives for the country from the British rule like Mangal Pandey, Bhagat Singh, Khudiram Bose, Surya Sen etc. However patriotism is often confuted with fanaticism or jingoism. Many political parties patronize provincialism and religious fanaticism. Patriots all over the world want peace and prosperity for their nation but also want the greater good of humanity.