Tag: Nationhood

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   Few words in the English language capture the concept of homeland allegiance so powerfully as the word “patriot” . The term is of Greek origin and it contains the root word “patros” which in Greek means father. Both the greek word for countryman, πατριώτη (patrioti), and the greek word for country, πατρίδa (patritha)* are […]

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The Interwebs and the National Conversation

 

2002 was not a good year for India. Trouble that had been brewing for a while (some say since 1993, some say for much longer) erupted, and almost 60 Hindu Nationalist workers were burned to death on a train in Gujarat by a Muslim mob. The victims were coming home from efforts to build a temple at what is said to be Lord Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya.

This led to (more) horrific violence in Gujarat state — in which about 2,000 people died, many women were raped, and thousands were made homeless. The fabric of our national life was ripped in ways that turned out to be hard to repair. And the person held responsible for the bloodshed by many is now our Prime Minister.

At the time, many Indians who were overseas (like myself) had a visceral need to connect with home in some way. We did it, generally, via the internet. There on news and discussions sites, we talked, warred, screamed, and sometimes reconciled. (Sometimes not.)

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Though it is commonly believed today that civilizational changes are moved primarily by introduction of ideological insights, I believe history is moved mainly by introduction of technologies. Thus, where others cite “the” Scientific Method and “Enlightenment” philosophies as ideas which birthed the modern age, I have argued that communications, transportation, and production technologies were more […]

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