India primarily the core value was non-violence. An

 India completes its 70 years of independence
and has the ambition to establish itself as
a global power. This search for power is based on a perception of national
greatness as a society, as a culture, and also, as a market.1Though
the term national is not defined in the Indian Constitution, some great
personalities have put forward their views on the concept of national. According
to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, one of the
greatest leaders our nation ever had a
‘Nation’ requires four things. Firstly land or people, secondly a collective
will for a corporate life, thirdly a constitution but which can far more
appropriately be called Dharma and the fourthly an ideal of life. The synthesis
of all these four is called a Nation. As an individual is made up of body,
minds intelligence and soul, a nation is made up of the country, will, Dharma and ideal. The name Bharat denotes a nation which
is a practical and natural organization
that is stable, strong and self-reliant. The national personality keeps a
nation alive. Dharma is the repository of the nation’s soul. If Dharma is
destroyed, the nation perishes. Anyone who abandons Dharma betrays the nation.2
Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the concept of national and Swami Vivekananda were quite
similar, they both propounded that one has to expand one’s views from selfish
individual motives to national and global motives to become a
vikasitha vyakthithwa which means a highly developed individual. Thus protecting
nature, nonexploitation of natural
resources for selfish needs become a goal of a person who has achieved vikasitha vyakthithwa.
For Mahatma Gandhi, a citizen’s duty was also to have a dissenting
voice against injustice for which
sometimes he has to set aside his individual rights, and primarily the core
value was non-violence. An enlightened
citizen, according to Vivekananda, is a person whose heart bleeds for the poor,
underprivileged, downtrodden and his aim is to
earnestly desire to remove the suffering of others. Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of national was broad-minded
and inclusive which envisaged unity.
B.R.Ambedkar viewed the concept of
national as something which is consciousness of its kind and aware of its ties
of kinship. In Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s
concept of national, there is a high
sense of nationalism and patriotism. He talks about individual liberty conforming
with the provisions of the Constitution, social integration and political mobilization. In the course of great
freedom fighter and educationist Madan Mohan Malviya own convocation address in 1929 when he retired from the
university, the Bharat Ratna awardee said, “You must always be prepared to do
the duty that your country may demand of you. Love your countrymen and promote
unity among them. A large spirit of toleration and forbearance and a larger spirit of loving service is demanded of
you.”3 The feeling of national or being national is a social, national,
global responsibility naturally flowing from the freedom of expression and
activity of being a citizen. Every other nation has a pride in being the
citizens of that geographic area and being the successors
of a heritage. The modern Educated Indian
alone has not developed that pride in the citizenship of being an Indian When
someone points out that heritage, the so-called
intellectual, scientific educated Indian immediately
throws a jargon word at that individual- of being a communal Hindu, so that
that person is either silenced or marginalized from all serious discussions
pertaining to the national welfare. Such a sad state of affairs has happened
only in India.

1Where freedom
has gone  by Suhas
Palshikar, Available
last visited on 15th January, 2018.

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2Our nationhood,  Available at
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3 BHU Is Ignoring the Best of Madan Mohan Malaviya’s Legacy By Subhashini Ali, Available at
last visited on 15th January, 2018.