Nationalism India/Pakistan and Quebec/Canada

by Monique Amelinckx on April 2, 2014 - 9:45pm

Nationalism is made up of many values for the people living in a society.  In history, we can see famous identities who based themselves on nationalism for example, Adolf Hitler the Nazi leader in Germany who was an extremist nationalist.  Nationalism is characterized by people of “communities [who] share a special cultural proximity to each other.  By speaking the same language and sharing customs and traditions, the members of these communities are typically closer to one another in various ways than they are those who don’t share the culture” (Miscevic).  We can see strong nationalism in India/Pakistan, and Quebec/Canada.   In one hand, in India, Hindu and Muslim societies have a strong nationalism and they disagree in various things concerning the nation.   Therefore, Jinnah proposes the foundation of Pakistan: a country for the Muslims.  In this case, division of the two nations favors the country because they are better off each other.  In the other hand, Quebec makes proof of a stronger nationalism than Canada.  However, their separation is not a necessity because they are “content to live together in one country under one constitution, without fear of losing their nationality and their distinctive cultures” (Ambedkar).


Works cited:

Miscevic, Nenad, “Nationalism”, The Stanford Encyclopedia pf Philosophy (Summer 2010 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

B.R. Ambedkar, Part V in Chapter XIII in Part V, “Pakistan or the Partition of India”., URL = <



I like how you compared nationalism with Hitler, it shows that this concept is popular in several countries. I agree with what you said in your post, however, I would like to add that the problem of the minorities did contribute to the spread of nationalism in both countries in addition to the difference between both cultures. Indeed, minorities did feared to be ruled by the majority, therefore, to separate from India/Canada represented an opportunity to escape from it.