Nationalism has connotations of ‘Nazism’ in present times, says BJP MP Tarun Vijay

The BJP had passed a resolution in March saying, "Nationalism, national unity and integrity are an article of faith of the BJP."

By: PTI | Ramnagar | Updated: October 13, 2016 2:37 pm
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The usage of ‘nationalism’ term in present times carries the connotations of “Nazism” and “Stalinism”, BJP MP Tarun Vijay said. Speaking at a session on ‘National ideologies and their effect on global politics’ at the Kumaon Literature Festival (KLF) here yesterday, Vijay noted that the term ‘nationalism’ was synonymous with notorious historical figures of Mussolini and Hitler and its present usage appears to have its genesis in the days of Nazis and Stalin.

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“The word nationalism itself is a condemned word. So, I do not say nationalism. I say dharma of my country, which is its fragrance and soul,” he said.

The BJP had passed a resolution in March saying, “Nationalism, national unity and integrity are an article of faith of the BJP.”

The party has also sought to grab the ‘nationalist space’ in the recent past amid raging debates over returning of awards by intellectuals, the JNU row and the PoK surgical strikes. The BJP MP from Uttarakhand said the word ‘ideology’ was a “communist construct”, earning a few sniggers from the audience.

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“I do not accept that ‘ideology’ is an Indian construct. It is a western construct, a leftist, communist construct. They wanted to frame everything within their four walls. When someone says that you are an ideologue, I feel that someone from the Stalinist era is speaking of Gulag and Siberia. For me, the Indian construct would be dharma,” he said.

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  1. S
    Oct 14, 2016 at 8:53 am
    This man surely has read some books. It is a rare trait we see among BJP leaders. Is he trying to attract the wrath of pseudo nationalist BJP leaders like Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Amit Shah ?
    1. T
      Oct 13, 2016 at 9:58 am
      Glad that these discussions are happening. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We can't slide into a national of nationalistic despots which goes against what the Consution provides.
      1. L
        L bhadrapati Devi
        Oct 13, 2016 at 10:03 am
        What is he talking about? This fellow seems to be confused. India exist as a nation because of Indian nationalism which is imagination of our leadership. What Dharma you are talking about?
        1. M
          Oct 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm
          this article seems to written by a paid journalist. who does'nt like anti BJP remarks.