India is a great nation Rahul ji
Recently Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that India is not a nation, but a Union of States. The Constitution of India does say that India i.e. Bharat will be a Union of States. This makes it clear that this country is Bharat. As soon we call it Bharat, geography as well as a feeling of cultural heritage of thousands of years comes to our mind. Describing the geography of India, Vishnu Purana says-
Uttaram yat samudrasya Himadreshchaiva dakshinam.
Varsh Tad Bharatam Naam Bharati Yatr Santatih.
That is, the land which is situated to the north of the sea and to the south of the Himalayas is called Bharat Bhoomi, and the people residing on this holy land of Bharat are called Bhartiya.
Not only this, Bharat is known as a nation not just because it is a landmass, but also because it is known that Bharat is one of the oldest and only living ancient civilisation of the world. Despite its diversity, there is a sense of unity in the culture here. It is an established fact that in India there are various sects, innumerable languages, dialects, costumes, castes, customs, etc., yet our entire creation is based on unity since ancient times.
In Western countries, the nationalism is defined on the basis of their language, sovereign state, geographical boundary, will of the people, etc. Western thinkers try to view nationalism on the basis of these criterions. However, we must note that the concept of nationalism is not very old in Europe. Different countries in Europe received nationhood at different times in the history. That is, it can be said that nationalism was not there in the countries of Europe from the earlier times. The kings and the statesmen contributed a lot in the process of building and polarizing this nationalism.
In comparison, if we see, in India, then the nationality of India was not based on any king, language or a political rule. Many languages and dialects are spoken in our country. The whole of India was not under the rule of any one sovereign for most of the time. Before independence, the uniform rules and regulations were never applicable in the country, yet India has always been considered as a nation. What is it that the nationalism of India has been intact for thousands of years, while the thinkers of the West and some of the thinkers of India, obsessed by western ideas, try to measure the nationalism of India from the prism of West’s half baked concept of the nationalism, which took shape only in the 15th and 16th centuries.
In such a situation, those who want to see the nationality of India through the prism of the West, they do not understand that India has always been a great nation. They think that nation means the existence of one state system (government), so though they recognize the nationalism of European countries like England, Germany, France etc., but refuse to accept India as a nation. If seen, the spirit of nationalism in Europe started after the French revolution. But the irony is that the French Revolution, which was based on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, culminated in Napoleon and reaction resulting from his expansionist invasions gave rise to the nationalism in European countries. It is true that Bismarck unified Germany, but German nationalism in essence, was born in reaction to Napoleon's invasion. In the medieval period West had not of heard of nationalism or such modern concepts.
That is why those people who are overwhelmed by the European concept of nationalism do not understand the nationalism of India. But those people who have strong belief and conviction and rightly so, that India, in spite of its diversity, there is a sense of unity among the people, which has its own cultural identity, heritage; and this unity is reflected in different ways, do not buy this view that ‘India is nation in making’ or India’s nationalism is indebted to the British rule. Wherein, the freedom struggle, many revolutionary heroes sacrificed their lives for the country, from every nook and corner of the country; Bhagat Singh from Punjab, Rajguru from Maharashtra, Chandrashekhar Azad from Madhya Pradesh; where heroes like Subramaniam Bharti from Tamil Nadu, shook the foundation of British rule with their revolutionary writings and songs, Orissa-born Subhash Chandra Bose challenged the British Empire by forming alliances at a global level, not to consider such India as a nation, can’t just be called ignorance, one can smell a conspiracy too in this.
Shri Rahul Gandhi's saying that India is not a nation, also reminds of his proximity with some students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, presently facing criminal charges for their anti-national statements and sedition. It is no secret that slogans were raised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University saying India will be torn apart (Bharat tere tukde honge). These students facing allegations are not only having proximity with Shri Rahul Gandhi, but one of them was inducted in the Indian National Congress, and later he fought election on Congress ticket from Begusarai. It seems that without understanding the implications of his statement, Mr. Rahul Gandhi has made this blunder, under the influence of these separatist fringe elements. We must note that, till now before independence and even after independence, no Congress leader has said that India is not a nation. In such a situation, Shri Rahul Gandhi needs to be told about the dangerous implications of such statements by fellow politicians, thinkers and others. If Rahul Gandhi is not stopped, it may only help the designs of separatists, who want to demolish only living ancient civilisation of the world.