Nation, Nationalism and Nation-State: An Asian Case Study

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Raza Hussain Ghaloo


The people who see themselves as a community or group and generally place their loyalty to the group above any conflicting loyalties. They often share one or more of the following, language, culture, religion, political and other institutions, a history with which they identify and a belief in a common destiny. They usually occupy contiguous territory. Such group contained a political entity known as nation-state or simply as a country or nation. Sometimes, a group that considers itself a nation is divided by political boundaries. The members of the Jewish community called themselves as a Nation and have established the homeland in Israel, yet Jews live in many other nation-states. Nation-state means small states when they agree to live together are called nation-state, e.g., the USSR includes non-Slavic group of people equivalent to Nation.

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