ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Is Nationalism a Boon or a Curse?

It would be wrong to see nationalism as either an unmitigated evil or a universal virtue. It can be both, a boon and a curse - depending on the circumstances two sides of the same coin. Nationalism tends to be negative when people confront each other along the lines of national divisions; it can be productive enough when social divisions and hostilities tend to be based on other identities, such as religion, community or ethnicity. Central to understanding the contingent variability of the role of nationalism is the need to see nationality as one identity among many that we all have.

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