Similar Nations: Quebec and India

by AdrianChai on April 2, 2014 - 9:04pm

Quebec and India share many similarities regarding nationalism including the same colonial ruler, the identity of a nation within a nation, the strong will for independence and declaration as its own governing body and cultural patriotism. Dating back towards the end of colonial period in Quebec in the late 1700s, French Canadiens followed under British rule until the Quebec Act[1] was implemented in order to accommodate Canadiens to follow their own religion and follow French civil law. Similar to India that also had two distinct religions arising Hinduism and Islam as a determining factor in its nationalism, the Indian Independence Act was implemented in 1947 which partitioned India into two parts; India and Pakistan. Quebec would also be further identified as a nation within a nation stated by Prime Minister Stephen Harper[2] is also similar to that of British India which held two distinct nations within one nation. Jinnah identified in his “Two nation theory”[3] that not only religion was distinct but nation were as well. He believed that as long as Muslims were a minority, they would be misrepresented therefore he pressed on for the independent nation of Pakistan. Quebec and India both share cultural patriotism and pride in their own distinct culture and nation.

Bibliography

1.       Nancy Brown Foulds, “Quebec Act”. Last edited December 16th, 2013. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/quebec-act/

2.       CBC News. “Quebecers form a nation within Canada: PM” Last Updated: Nov 22, 2006 3:25 PM ET. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecers-form-a-nation-within-canada-pm-1.624141

3.       Sources of Indian Tradition Volume II: Modern India and Pakistan, edited by William Theodore de Bary and Stephan Hay, Columbia University Press, 1988.



[1] Nancy Brown Foulds, “Quebec Act”. Last edited December 16th, 2013

[2] CBC News. “Quebecers form a nation within Canada: PM”

[3] Sources of Indian Tradition Volume II: Modern India and Pakistan, edited by William Theodore de Bary and Stephan Hay, Columbia University Press, 1988.

 

 

 

Comments

You have discussed many relative points to how Quebec and India are similar. The point that you give on the Quebec Act is very alike to the history of India and Pakistan. Many people of different backgrounds living in the same territory all want some sort of recognition and one group might get more than the other depending on size and importance.

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