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Rise of Cultural Nationalism

Boon or bane?

by W.A. Wijewardena, Financial Times Sri Lanka, February 2012

Cultural nationalism is an obsessively elated feeling and exaggerated superiority which one group of people holds over another group in the society or one nation over another nation. This superiority also leades to insecurity and through insecurity, suspicion and protective action. The protective action at its extreme form is manifested by its polar opposite, namely offensive action under which anyone outside one's own group is considered an enemy worthy of being destroyed.

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