Istanbul, flags and nationalism

In Istanbul, there are flags everywhere. Some extraordinarily large ones are found on the shores of the Bosphorus, several adorn official buildings, many shops and restaurants display them, and vendors hawk them on street corners, and all this on a normal day, not a national holiday of any sort. It just seems par for the course. In India, one only sees this many flags on Independence Day (August 15) and Republic Day (January 26), I reckon. In America, there are many more flags, but not as many as I saw in Istanbul.

It got me thinking. Like the Economists index of overvaluation of currencies, based on what it actually costs to buy a pretty standard hamburger in each city, I wonder if we can have the density of flags in the capital city as an index of nationalism.




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