International Conference On Understanding Nationalism and Patriotism in the Contemporary World on 02-03 March 2019, Organised by NLU Delhi.
There are multiple ideological shades and manifestations of nationalism and patriotism. In terms of relationship, patriotism is a means to achieve the political and ideological project of nationalism. Nationalism as an ideology has positive as well as negative connotations. In Positive connotation, nationalism is liberating and emancipator in reference to struggle against colonialism and imperialism. It also has instrumental value for the struggle for self-determination . Freedom struggles in modern history, right from the French Revolution to India’s struggle for Independent have used nationalism as inspirational tool to mobilze masses, it symbolizes collective identities of masses and also a source of social solidarity and it also inspires people to work for the common good of citizens to the best of their capabilities. Hence, nationalism is instrument for the nation building.