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Nationalism has connotations of Nazism in present times: BJP MP

Published: 12th October 2016 03:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2016 03:25 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

RAMNAGAR (Uttarakhand): 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.

"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.

"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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