I know it is very corny and Ive never been a big fan of using a definition in my writings but I believe it is useful in this situation.  Merriam-Websters definition for nationalism is as stated “a feeling that people have of being loyal to and proud of their country often with the belief that it is better and more important than other countries”.  After reading this definition i thought of the film “Lagaan” for a couple reasons.  In the film one can see that the British portray this sense of being better than the Indian villagers that they oversee.  The British use this corrupt power that they have over the villagers and they do whatever they want when they want knowing that the villagers have to do what they say.  At the same time the villagers have a strong sense of pride and know that what the British are doing to them is wrong.  So much so that they are willing to fight to get what they deserve.  They are tired of being pushed of by the British and have had enough.  The two words that stuck out to me in the definition was loyal and proud.  During the cricket game you can see the players and all the fans watching have this strong sense of loyalty and pride and they are fighting tooth and nail to provide a better life for the village.


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