That the Gulf is a site of Baluch nationalist imagination is an open secret – books and literature on Baloch independence are found in routine bookstores of Muscat. The former chief of Dubai Police tweeted calling for an independent Baluchistan.
India’s problem with a lack of general direction goes deep. You could give it a military or geopolitical dimension by calling it absent “grand strategy”, but nations cannot be boxed into narrow constructs such as these. Vision is better.
The current dispensation, however, has broadened the envelope for partaking in an inclusive nationalism in two ways. For the affluent diaspora, it is the Overseas Citizen of India scheme. For people who have faced religious persecution, such as Hindus from Pakistan and Afghanistan, it is the recent amendments to the Citizenship Act.
The tricolour will be hoisted, bands will play, our chests will swell with pride, our martyrs will be remembered, and we will all be thankful for the day India became an independent country.
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