chapter  6
24 Pages

Nandita Sharma

Ideologies are deadly. Feminists have always known this. Ideologies shape practice

just as practice gives life to ideologies. One of the deadlier ideological practices to

have gained hegemonic status over the past few centuries is nationalism. It is an

axiom now to acknowledge that it is mainly for the ‘nation’ that people can be seen

to legitimately kill and be killed for. It is equally understood that it is the state that

holds the only legitimate power to order these deaths.