Interpreting Nationalism in the Indian Context


  • Braj Mohan The English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow


This article explores the issue of nationalism in the Indian context with a particular focus on the contemporary discourse. An effort has been made to explicate the ins and outs of the concept of nationalism and its types as identified by various scholars in the area. It is imperative to note that Indian nationalism as ingrained in the Constitution of India is essentially different from the nationalism adopted in the most monolithic countries of Europe and the Middle East. The contemporary nationalistic forces seem to invest efforts to consolidate the nationalistic identity of the country through discursive means. This article disambiguates the concept of nationalism and puts the contemporary nationalistic vision in proper perspective.


Nationalism, identity, diversity, pluralism, Indianism


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Author Biography

Braj Mohan, The English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow

Braj Mohan has a PhD in political oratory. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English at the English and Foreign Languages University, Regional Campus Lucknow. His research interest is in the areas of sociolinguistics and pragmatics. He has authored several books and research papers in these areas. His book titled Understanding Public Speaking: A Learner’s Guide to Persuasive Oratory published with Routledge is popular among the students of rhetoric.




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