“Self-criticism provides energy to nationalism because nationalism is ever
evolving concept and at every step it has to effect self-criticism because
there is always danger of tyranny of majority imposed in the name of
nationalism. After 19th century, we could see the phenomenon of
nation in search of state and vice versa” said Prof. Ram Bapat – a veteran
Political Scientist while delivering a key note address to the seminar “New
Challenges Before Indian Nationalism” organised by Department of Political
Science on 28th & 29th March 2006 at Kolhapur. Dr. M.
M. Salunkhe, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor of the University said that mobilization
of the people in the name of caste and community was bane of nationalism and
in order to inculcate the spirit of nationalism, education system should play
an important role.
Ashok Chousalkar – HOD of Politics welcomed and introduced the guests and Dr.
L. R. Tarodi proposed hearty vote of thanks.
seminar, Dr. C.J. Jahagirdar – a veteran critic pointed out that Indian
nationalism was in the process of evolution because there was a dialectical
relation between culture and nation. He lamented that after independence,
there was no serious discussion on the nature of Indian nationalism, as a
result, there were theories of post nationalism propounded by Western
Thinkers. Dr. Rajesh Kharat, Sanajy Sanghvai, Dr. R. Deshpande and Pr. F.H.
Bennur were other prominent paper readers. The paper presentation was
followed by discussion. Mrs. B.T. Patil proposed hearty vote of thanks at the
time of conclusion of the seminar.