Nationalism an Ideological Poison, Does Not Hesitate to Transcend Individual Rights, Says Hamid Ansari
Chandigarh: Nationalism today is often confused with patriotism but they differ in meaning and content, former vice-president Hamid Ansari said on Thursday, describing nationalism as an "ideological poison" that does not hesitate in transcending individual rights.
He said many societies the world over have become "victims of two pandemics" religiosity and strident nationalism that impact their behaviour patterns.
"Decades earlier, Rabindranath Tagore had called nationalism 'a great menace', describing it as 'one of the most powerful anaesthetics that man has invented'.
It is an 'ideological poison' that has no hesitation in transcending and transgressing individual rights," he said.
"The conclusion is unavoidable that both religiosity and strident nationalism are undesirable.