Concerning Some ‘Isms’

Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI:
Concerning Some ‘Isms’

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Visitors in India often encounter the terms ‘communalism’, ‘nationalism’, and ‘socialism’. In this chapter, the author comments on their implications in every Indian problem as she understood them in Salam House. Communalism refered to seeing everything in the light of the interests of one's community. With respect to nationalism, one may understand it in the Indian sense by viewing it in relation to communalism. Nationalism in India had gone through two stages: first, all communalists are also nationalists today, and second, that which calls itself nationalist, and to which a considerable majority belong, has only now adjusted its internal political difference. Socialism in India has two aspects: socialism interpreted by the scriptures and socialism borrowed from Western ideologies and based purely on economic issues. Negative mysticism and occultism appear to be declining in India, although this does not mean that religion is also on the wane.

Keywords: Salam House; communalism; nationalism; socialism; Western ideologies; religion

Chapter.  1831 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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