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ISLAM VERSUS NATIONALISM
Is there a peaceful and friendly nationalism?
No. It is non-existent. Gandhi's ahimsa (Iyer, 1973, pp 178) was Ghandhism (Santhanam, 1973), it can only happen with Gandhi and during Gandhi's lifetime. After Mahatma, India's nationalism took its true form - aggression against neighbours - Pakistan, Kashmir and China. The nationalism inside some of India's populace metamorphosed into fanatical Hindu fascism as ostensibly paraded by the Rashtriya Sewak Sangh and its offshoots including Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bhartiya Janata Party (Crescent Int'l, Oct. 1990).
The aggression of this fanatical nationalism is directed against the Muslims, as in the Babri Mosque issue (Cescent Int'i, op.cit.). Even Rajiv Gandhi, a descendent of the founder of the so called Indian Nationalism was a victim of the madness of fanatical nationalism.
Throughout recent history, nationalism is imbued with voilence, aggression, atrocities, nepotism and other tyrannies, the most colossal of which is the perpetual subjugation of the Palestinians at the hands of the filtrate of Jewish nationalism, the extremely fanatical, contemptous and snobbish zionism (Leo, Shabbas & Suleiman, 1976; Arab Info. Cntr, 1980; Nat'l Lawyers Guild, 1978).
Deutsch (op.cit. pp.117) wrote, early in the nineteenth century, a gallant American naval officer, Stephen Decatur, porposed the toast: our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right, but our country right or wrong.
Nearly 150 years later the United States Third Army, marching into Germany following the collapse of the Nazi regime, liberated the huge concentration camp at Buchenwald. Over the main entrace to that place of torture and death, the Nazi elite guard had thoughtfully inscribed: my country, right or wrong.
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