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Nation as an Anticipatory Space

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It is needless to mention that the national flag, indeed, is the symbol of freedom and sovereignty or the marker of independence from colonial rule. It has been the usual cultural experience that people from different countries choose, perhaps spontaneously on their own, a national flag as the medium to relate themselves to their particular nation. In India, the current union government made an appeal to its people that the latter should celebrate the platinum jubilee of Indias independence on an even wider scale by hoisting the national flag on the top of their individual homes. However, prior to this governmental appeal, people in the country have been hoisting the national flag in their houses. This would mean that the identification with the nation does involve a cultural initiative that displays an unconditional respect for the nation.

The national flag as the most powerful national symbol enjoys sovereignty against external domination as well as against internal competititors; for example, the political party or any cultural, religious organisations flags that are displayed within the country. It is in this sense that the national flag may appear to be a symbol that is apolitical. It is also above competitive politics as it seeks to morally empower every nationalist without distinction. In another sense, the national flag is above parochial political intentions.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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