Similar Nationalist Arguments
by alexandrabourcier on April 2, 2014 - 7:28pm
Muslims and Quebecers were both minorities in their country that wanted their own separated territory. Both developed some similar nationalist arguments. The main argument the Muslims were using has been explained by Jinnah in his most famous speech. He was saying that “it is the clearest statement of ‘the two-nation theory’, that Hindus and Muslims were more than two religions; they were two nations” (Bary and Hay 228). This argument is very similar to the one that the inhabitants of Quebec are using. Quebecers have a different language and a different culture than the rest of Canada and that is why they considered themselves as a completely different nation. For the Quebecers, the “nationalism expressed is no longer based on the identity or the idea of common descent, but on the citizenship of people who share the same history, the same institutions and identifies a common territory”(Richard). A lot of inhabitants think they do not belong to Canada and that they should have their own country. It was the same situations with the Muslims in India. They wanted their own territory were they could be the majority, because in India “the differences between the Hindus and Muslims [were] not of religion in the strict sense of the word but also of law and culture”(Bary and Hay 228). Both Muslims living in India and Quebecers living in Canada represent two distinct civilizations and that was their main nationalist argument. Muslims had to fight to have their arguments and convictions heard for decades before finally taking possession of the territory of Pakistan. Will the province of Quebec be one day able to separate from Canada, just as the Muslims did with India?
Theodore de Bary, William, and Hay, Stephan. Sources of Indian Tradition Volume II: Modern India and Pakistan. Columbia University Press, 1988. Print.
Jones, Richard. Nationalisme Canadien français. The Canadian encyclopedia, July 2nd 2006. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/fr/article/french-canadian-nationalism.