Banal Nationalism

( Source and an interesting article in context to national identity:https://www.jylkkari.fi/2018/08/finnish-silence-is-a-myth/)

Speaking of national identity, the way national identity is constructed is also extremely intriguing and interesting. The topic of banal nationalism that was discussed brought out for me a whole new exploration on how national identity is constructed. It is so silently and subtly woven in to the daily practices, behaviours and often bound within the geography and linguistic territories of that country. If I take how I experience Finland on these lines, my experience would relate to the signs of the flag on the chocolates, how Ruis ( rye) is consumed as a cereal everywhere and one of the widest choices of breads in the supermarket is in the variety of rye bread available. The idea of how meetings, conversations and social interactions happen over coffee is also consistent and a creative aspect of the Finnish culture. In Finland, art here is spoken of as simplistic and minimal and they stand in exclusive and prominent places in the city. There is a deep sense of respect and recognition of the artists. People often know the name of the artist which I find is a part and pride of their national identity.

This leads me to reflect on how national identity is ubiquitously constructed in context to India.

I watched this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbJ85UMTn_4s). This video brought out the term imagined communities and national identity to me with a theoretical perspective from Benedict Anderson.

I started to think on why do I feel patriotic when I see the national flag, why do I feel pride within me when an Indian wins a gold medal in sport? Where does this feeling arise from?  I usually get teary eyed when I sing the national anthem. These are all moments when I feel such a strong part of this imagined community for only in our imaginations I am  a part of this large country with over a billion people and that I feel I belong to this nation. A topic that I would like to explore and discover more about, constructing and deconstructing national identities.

 

 

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