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Anuj Kapoor

Founder, Five Benches

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Do you value nationalism? Why? Will national identity get diluted in the future?

I believe that if we free our personal identities from nationality we can unleash wider and more vibrant models of society. I believe also that all institutions suffer from flaws and the nation state is no exception. Looking to the future and based on rapid developments in faster transport, wide and open access communication networks, i believe that national identity will get progressively diluted. Would you think
a. that is likely?
b. If it is, is it a good thing?


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    Oct 20 2011: I wonder if anyone else thinks nationalism is deeply engrained in geography. hard to conceive of a nation that is composed of territories spread over vast distances. Even during the clonal era, the colonisers never really perceived their colonies as another part of their own country, definitely not the population they had colonised.

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