Nation-State-University: Which Flag must a University Unfurl?

  • Satarupa Chakraborty Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


There is a long history to the debate of nationalism. The Indian nationalism has emerged after a long people’s movement the truth to which is often denied by a range of forces who have ideological leanings towards the ideology of Hindutwa. This paper is an attempt to revisit the historical context in which Indian nationalism has emerged and evaluate it in reference to the contemporary time. It emphasizes on the relation between the nation and the state with special reference to its impact on the universities. Further, the paper suggests that in order to uphold the idea of university and nation, an inclusive and secular idea of nation has to be espoused. Lastly, it suggests that a university needs to foster a non sectarian approach and broaden its vision for an internationalist outlook.

Author Biography

Satarupa Chakraborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Research Scholar in Center for Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, JNU