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To what extent do expressions of nationalism create a sense of nation?

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To what extent do expressions of nationalism create a sense of nation? Canada is the second country which has the most diverse culture. People from different countries came to Canada for a safer environment and better standards of living. People come together and form different cultural groups. One of the cultures is Indian culture. According to 2006 survey there were 962,665 people who classified themselves as being of Indian origin. These Indians shared same ethics, culture, way of life and experiences which create a sense of nation. Indian culture is a very diverse culture which contains many different religions. Despite of different religions they still work together and form a nation. Indian culture is popular for the different and distinct kinds of celebration they have through out the year. ...read more.

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Symbols create a sense of nation by the sharing of common system of beliefs and traditions among members of a group. For example "Khanda" or "Insignia" is one of the most important symbols in Indian culture. It tells people the story about struggle and poverty their ancestors went through. People respect it and give it honor. It is also admired by people because of its use by the ancestors which brought their culture freedom. So the symbols of a nation create feeling of belonging to a particular group. Not only this the stories which were passed on from the formation of the symbol also act as a mean of creating a sense of nationalism. A temple is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice. ...read more.

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Guests wear cultural dresses, thus expressing pride and loyalty towards their nation. To promote nationalism many of the cultures are publishing newspapers and magazines. These secondary sources provide updated and current information about the nation. For example "Asian Times". Moreover, these newspapers provide the news in Hindi and Punjabi, which definitely does create a sense of belonging. One of the reasons why Indian Culture is still preserved is because they oppose marrying outside their community. This keeps their culture and religion firm and strong. Another reason includes that they enforce their culture through family life by teaching the youths the morals and religion of their ancestors. Not only this, Indo-Canadians have established cultural schools (E.g. Edmonton Khalsa School) which teaches the students the values and beliefs of the culture. This prevents the culture from being diluted and teaches the children the morals so that one day they would be able to teach it to their own children with pride and honor. ...read more.

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