"A NATION UNDER ENDLESS TYRANNY"
2nd Edition, By Salah Jubair
CHAPTER II - A NATION IS BORN
The Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines a nation as, among other related meanings:
(1) a community of people composed of one or more nationalities and possessing a more or less defined territory and government; and
(2) a territorial division containing a body of people of one or more nationalities and usually characterized by a relatively large size and independent status.
Another authority has opined that a nation has several basic ingredients such as a common or related blood, common language, common religion, common historical tradition, and, above all, common customs and habits.' And in its perfect form, it is a group of people having a common racial origin, speaking the same language, having a common civilization, common customs and traits of character, a common literature. and common traditions. There is, however, a very pragmatic view on this subject. Two noted Filipino authors, Jose Aruego and Gloria Aruego-Torres, father and daughter, said that a nation exists where its component atoms believe it to be a nation.3 They concluded that despite the lack of a common religion or a common language a nation can exist.
With these definitions at our disposal, we may be able to conceptualize and hope to settle this issue once and for all.