The observation of the US President Donald Trump that future belongs to nationalists and patriots and not to globalists makes more sense than the left-liberals and secularists in India and world over who always champion the cause of 'global unity and fraternity'.
Trump did not stop at that only. He went a step ahead and asked the countries to embrace nationalism saying that "wise leaders put their own people and countries first".
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, Trump said "The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them or replace them".
"The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique", President Trump had said in his speech.
The top leader of the powerful nation also said that the prevalent globalist worldview had 'exerted a religious pull over past leaders, causing them to ignore their own national interests'.
Trump called the communists and socialist ideologies as "wrecker of nations and destroyer of societies" underlining that the United States will never become a socialist country.
Who know Trump and how he talks, for them his speech and the observations he made about nationalism and patriotism must have come as a surprise. In the present global scenario, the ideology of globalization, concepts of a global village, global market etc.have taken precedence over the ideas of nationalism and patriotism.
In the Indian context, the dominance of secular, communists and left-liberals and those educated and groomed in the Macauley tradition always contributed to the globalists ideologies. For them nationalism, patriotism are the bourgeois ideas and need to be discarded in this age when the entire earth has been reduced to a 'global village'. They intentionally destroyed national pride, national identity, and national integrity by propagating this globalist world view.
India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the most vocal votary of this view and never believed in nationalism and patriotism till the Chinese aggression in 1962. Nehru wanted that the world should honor him as 'Angle of Peace'. He signed the 'Panchsheel Agreement' with China, allowed the Chinese to pocket Tibet and even conceded to their encorachments in the Indian territories of Aksai Chin.
Unfortunately in India, those who talked of patriotism and nationalism were always treated as revisionist, revivalists, bourgeois, obscurantists, reactionaries and so on. Any talk about reviving the glory of the nation, any mention of its valour and valiance in times of distress and difficulties would be discarded by these globalists who paraded themselves as 'scholars', academicians, historians, etc.
This attitude of negating everything native had impacted the national psyche and social mindset to a very great extent. The very idea that India is a nation with a 5000-year history of great achievements and events is not acceptable to them. They don't digest the fact that the theory of Aryan invasion is a myth created by the British imperialists to justify their rule over this great nation. They still don't accept the truth even after this myth was busted by the scholars with irrefutable shreds of evidence and proofs.
It is this class of people that controlled the affairs of the country since independence. They dubbed all those who talked of patriotism and nationalism as bourgeois and discarded them. In the event of changed political scenario and the advent of Narendra Modi in 2014 and his re-election in 2019 with solid majority, the narrative in the country is changing. The latent feeling of patriotism and nationalism is now showing up and people are feeling proud at the success of events like Mangalyaan or abrogation of Article 370 and talks of regaining the POK.
The present era is the knowledge era. It has changed the warfare tactics though the nations in the world possess deadly atomic, chemical and other weapons. The future wars could be fought on different terms involving different sets of weapons which may not match with the conventional weapons. But the basic instinct of nationalism and patriotism must remain alive because that will alone make a nation winner in the future.
And President Donald Trump probably meant this.