Cultural Nationalism

This essay has been penned by Rushaed Ahsan for CDLS which was hosted by Modern School in India.

Cultural Nationalism refers to collective practices that form modern political communities within, unsanctioned by, or even undercutting state authority.

Cultural Nationalism is a form of nationalism in which the nation is defined by a shared culture. It is an intermediate position between ethnic nationalism on one hand and liberal nationalism on the other.

Ethnic nationalism is a form of nationalism wherein a state is defined in terms of ethnicity, which means an affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties.

Liberal or Civic nationalism in in which importance of the values of freedom, tolerance, equality and individual rights are upheld. It also show its importance towards an individual to have a national identity.

As uncommon as it may sound, the origins or the development of cultural nationalism took place in Ireland in the 19th century, the place which is famous for its beer. During this time the Irish became anglicized, which means adoption of English as a personal preferred language.

By 1880’s most of the population spoke English, read English books and played English games. Although the Irish got their independence, their nationalism seemed alike to the Englishmen. This showed lack of national identity. Hence through cultural nationalism they tried to develop aspects of Irish life which were uniquely different from the British lifestyle.

The growth of new forms of cultural nationalism- The Gaelic Athletic Association  (GAA), Gaelic League (GL), and literary revival, and also the occurrence of a number of important political  initiatives – the birth of Sinn Fein, the rejuvenation of the Irish Republican Brotherhood   (IRB) and the emergence of a stronger labor movement.

The history of European peoples and cultures from the prehistoric times to the present is also significant, as Europe at the present is one of the most important continents of the world thanks to the European Union.

Europe is a more ambiguous term than most geographic expressions. Its etymology is doubtful, as is the extent of the  physical area it designates. Its western frontiers seem clearly defined by its coastlines, and yet the position of the British Isles remains equivocal.

To outsiders, they appear clearly a part of Europe. Too many British and some Irish people, however, “Europe” essentially means continental Europe.

To the south, Europe ends on the northern shores of the Mediterranean sea. Yet, to the Roman Empire, this was an inland sea rather than a frontier. Even now, there are questions about where or not Malta and Cyprus are European islands.

The greatest uncertainty lies to the East, where national frontiers are notoriously elusive. If the Ural Mountains mark the east boundary of Europe as it lies to the south of them?

These questions have acquired new geographical importance as Europe has come to be more of a geographical expression. Historically Europe was forced into unity first by the Holy Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church. Later, though a number of political theorists proposed plans for the European Union, which both Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler tried to implement. It was not until the world war II that the union was proposed peacefully to avoid any further future wars in Europe.

At present time cultural nationalism is becoming an important part in the formation of public policies. As cultural factors influence economic behavior, political participation, social solidarity, value formation, and evolution of different countries in different ways. The competing hypotheses cultural nationalism evident literature has significant influence on public policy.

There are some areas of public policy which can be improved through consideration culturism including testing of cultural variables on public success and failure, relationships between national cultures and preference for the different types of multi- level governance systems.

In my opinion cultural nationalism is not only important for public policies but also for national development. In Bangladesh, a country which contains a diverse amount of cultures all blended together in it. These cultures can influence the number of cultural celebrations which go on in the country. From those celebrating Muslim to Hindu To Buddhist To Christian holidays. We the citizens of Bangladesh not only get to see these celebrations but also enjoy more holidays than in any other nation.


Quick to the draw, such a tragic flaw.

This Reminds Me of Oliver Barrett IV from Erich Segal’s Love Story, always too quick to judge, didn’t even know his father was a good guy until the second book!

Here’s the thing, if those kids “Child labor” don’t get employed by the RMG (Ready Made Garments) sector, they don’t bring in any income home.

What does that mean?

Their parents kick them out since they are no longer useful and become just an extra mouth to feed in a starving household. It’s straight to the streets for them.

Loads of them end up being picked up by gangs or turn into junkies since they got nothing better to do with their lives.

Truth be told, while child labor is horrible, it’s better than being out on the streets living a half life.

So before anyone gets up on a high horse and says “I won’t buy clothes made in a sweatshop” please realize you’re aggravating the situation, thanks.

Morality is great and all, but not at the expense of the lives you are “trying” to protect.

Also, while those kids would be better off in school, that takes money and in the current status quo, the schooling system in Bangladesh needs an overhaul. Over 250,000 people don’t get into college each year and end up in stasis with their lives, unsure of what to do next.

Dhaka Residential Model College Language Festival

Link to event page

Date: 17, 18 and 19 September.

My friend and fellow MUN(model united nations)er, Mushfiq Alam Ankur requested me to spread the word. As a token of goodwill and in the hope that DRMC will also participate in any hay festival organized by Scholastica in the not so distant future (if all goes well), the creative writing club of Scholastica would like to play a part in advertising the event through this blog.

If any Bangladeshi student who is keen to learn more about Literature (English & Bengali) is interested, please continue to read. If not, well, find a blog which suits your taste.

-Your language is your personality.

Remians Language Club is happy to invite you to our 2nd National Language Festival 2015. On this happy occasion we are publishing our annual festival souvenir DHONI. As per the sequence this will be the 2nd edition named as DHONI-2. On a different note, we are coming up with some new creative events and new surprises.

Our festival is divided into four groups:
-Junior (Class VI-VIII)
-Secondary (Class IX-X)
-Senior (XI-XII)

This year there will be a different segment for the University level, which are the Photography Exhibition & Quiz Competition.

*Events for JUNIOR LEVEL :
1.Spelling Bee (Bengali & English)
2.Language Based Olympiad(Bengali & English)
3.Intensive Reading
4.Wall Magazine

1.Language Based Quiz
2.Spelling Bee (Bengali & English)
3.Language Based Olympiad (Bengali & English)
4.Extempore Speech (Bengali & English)
5.Heads & Tails
6.Script Writing (Bengali & English)
7. Listening Skill Test
8.Wall Magazine
10.Photography Exhibition

*Events for SENIOR LEVEL :
1.Language Based Quiz
2.Spelling Bee (Bengali & English)
3.Language Based Olympiad (Bengali & English)
4.Extempore Speech (Bengali & English)
5.Heads & Tails
6.Script Writing (Bengali & English)
7.Poem Writing (Bengali & English)
8. Listening Skill Test
9.Wall Magazine
11.Photography Exhibition

1.Language Based Quiz
2.Photography Exhibition

***Rules & Regulations for the RLC presents 2nd National Language Festival:
-Participants have to be present in the college premises at least half an hour before their respective events.
-Spot registration will be allowed.
-The decisions given by our judges will be final.No complaints regarding that will be allowed.
-2015 HSC examinees will be allowed to participate in senior level.


SPELLING BEE(Bengali & English)

Participants can participate in this event individually.There will be two rounds.The preliminary round will be written and the final round will be verbal.Minimum 5 participants will be selected for the final round.


Participants can participate in this event with a team.Each team will consist of 3 members.There will be two rounds.The preliminary round will be written and the final round will be buzzer round.


Participants can participate in this event individually.Participants will have to answer different types of questions from literature,grammar and a little general knowledge.


Participants can participate in this event individually.Multiple passages will be given in English and the participants will have to answer different types of question from it.

EXTEMPORE SPEECH(Bengali & English)

An extempore speech is an improvised speech where the speaker has to say about the topic with a little preparation.The topic will be given on spot.Participants will have 4 minutes to prepare their speech and 4 minutes to deliver it.


It is a special kind of improvised speech where the speaker has to say both in favor and against the given topic.The topic will be given on spot.Participants will have 4 minutes to prepare their speech and 4 minutes to deliver it in English.
The order of the changing time as follows:
2 minutes-for
2 minutes-against

SCRIPT WRITING(Bengali & English)

Participants can participate in this event individually.A situation will be given and the participants will have to write a script according to the situation.


Participants can participate in this event individually.An video clip will be played and the participants will have to answer different types of questions from it.

POEM WRITING(Bengali & English)

Participants can participate in this event individually.Two topics will be given on the spot.The participants will have to choose one topic and write a poem using his/her creativity.


Participants can participate in this event with a team.Each team will consist of 3 members.The topic will have to be Language or literature based.The participants can choose either Bengali or English.
Size: Minimum-3.5 feet (L) x 2.5 feet (W)
Maximum-4.5 feet (L) x 3 feet (W)

Participants will have to be present at our college campus on 16th September within 3 pm to 5 pm in order to submit their wall magazine.

Participants can participate in this event individually.
Theme: Open

For More Information:
Abrar Zahin Zinnurain :01521326170



1. Junior (Class VIII-X)
2. Intermediate (Class XI-XII)
3. Senior (University level)

Theme: Open

• Only online entries will be accepted. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Exhibition.
• Photos maybe either Color or Black & White.
• Each participant may submit a maximum of 5 Photos.
• There will be no fees necessary for submitting photos but Participants have to pay a registration fee of BDT 400 for EACH of his/her selected Photograph.
• All submissions are final. Further changes will not be allowed.

Submission Guidelines:
• File name of the photos need to be in this manner. Your Full Name_Your Institution_Group_Submission Number_Caption_Phone Number and accompanied by either JPG or JPEG file type extension.
• For example, Mohammad Tarek_Dhaka Residential Model College_Junior_Submission 1_City Life of Dhaka_0123456789.jpeg

• The Participants must be the sole owner of the copyright of each photograph submitted.
• Entries must be attached in an Email in accordance with file uploading instructions as detailed below: File must be in .JPEG or .jpg format.
• File must contain at least 3000 pixels on the longer side (width).
• Minimal digital manipulation (i.e. only manipulations such as color enhancement, cropping) is allowed. However, adding or removing key elements of the composition is strongly discouraged and may NOT be accepted for judging.
• Photographs bearing copyright/watermark stamp/logo will NOT be accepted.
• Selected Participants will have to pay their registration fees by BKASH for the selected Photo. The account number will be sent by email/SMS.

•We will give a total of fifteen prizes. Five from each Group, for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Participants are required to email their entries to the following address :


Last date of submission: 7th September, 2015

For More Information :
Shakik Khan Protik : 01759113956

**For further information please contact:
-Abrar Zahin Zinnurain (President) – 01521326170
-Shakik Khan Protik (Vice President) – 01759113956
– Khalid Muntasir(Vice President) – 01716520145
– Jawad Mahmud Chowdhury(General Secretary) – 01827805018