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Nation, Nationhood, Secularism

Sunil P Ilayidom

September 24, 2017

Sunil P Ilayidom, writer and critic, examines how the commonalities of the nation-state and nationalism not only precede but informs and exerts ideas and sentiments of the 'nation'. He reveals how historical narratives, especially the ones that are taught in schools and thought of as a means to unify a 'national identity', have only helped in abetting selective histories, and to drown out local histories and specificities. He highlights the discrepancies in India's democratic values and how it led to accentuating contemporary social-and-cultural divides.