Quote Of The Day: Nehru On Nationalism

There’s a fascinating op-ed piece at the Failing New York Times about India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru’s legacy and vision of a secular society has been under attack for years by the Hindu nationalists who govern India in 2018.

Anglo-Indian novelist Aatish Taseer’s piece examines his own contradictory feelings about Nehru and unearths this timeless quote from one of Nehru’s books:

“Nationalism is essentially an anti-feeling, and it feeds and fattens on hatred against other national groups, and especially against the foreign rulers of a subject country.”

Words to live by in an era where some ugly manifestations of nationalism are popping up in our own country.

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