I have been raring to write on this topic for a long time, because the first time I wrote about it, it was a wreck.  So without wasting further time, here is my take on the topic at hand.

Globalization can be defined as the free movement of goods, services, people and technologies etc across borders, resulting in international integration of countries, bringing cultures together and a convergence towards a common point of view of the world.

Jingoism, on the other hand, refers to a feeling of extreme patriotism shown in a rather aggressive manner. On the face of it, globalization and jingoism seem to be poles apart. While one supports and encourages cultural integration, the other vouches for isolation and a rather supercilious view that their country is better than others and that they don’t need anyone else to function. While these two words seem to be contrary to each other, it cannot be denied that globalization always brings a hint of jingoism with it.

The first instance of jingoism that comes off the top of the head is from the early days of modern globalization. With the advent of the industrial revolution, the United Kingdom had become a global superpower and was under control of almost half of the world. Because of a common ruler, trade among countries flourished and goods that were a luxury in the land became more and more commonplace and affordable. As such, clothes based out of Manchester flooded the Indian market and extremely affordable rates and the poor people of India had no choice but to embrace them as opposed to homegrown cotton (Khadi) clothes churned out of the Charkha. Ironically, the material of the so called “British” clothes was exported from India and because of the large scale industrial sewing machines the Britishers were able to mass produce them at a very low lead cost. Fueled by this blatant exploitation and a growing sense of nationalism in wake of the Partition of Bengal, the people of India started the Swadeshi movement which encouraged the consumption of only swadeshi goods and a boycott of foreign made clothes. This increasing sense of a national identity and the zeal to become self sufficient and self ruled was the first major example of globalization and jingoism going hand in hand.

Although the motive behind the aforementioned scenario was indeed well intended, modern day jingoism is far from it. With the advent of the internet, the evolution of globalization and better foreign policies of countries, it is almost too easy to get in touch with anyone in any part of the world, buy any product made in a different country and set up a business abroad. Yet still, a significant part of the population feels wary about the recent developments. The reasoning they give, is that the flooding of foreign made goods and services into their market has diluted the native culture. This intent can be clearly seen in events such as Brexit, where Britain opted out of the European Union to put a check on immigration by tightening its visa norms under its own purview without interference from the EU, and the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States, while he promised conservative actions such as walling off the Mexican border and banning entry of people from various Islamic states. Hence, in the modern day, while globalization expands and encompasses people from all the cultures and regions into a large bubble, jingoism makes them to break the large bubble into various small bubbles of their own, not caring about what if the bubble breaks and our society is crippled.

In conclusion, it can be said that both the phenomenons have their own merits and demerits and they cannot be entirely separated from each other. Whenever there will be free exchange of goods, services and ideas across borders, a feeling of communal and national identity is bound to arise.