HOW HUNGARY’S ‘TRIANON TRAUMA’ FUELS IDENTITY POLITICS

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Hungarians haunted by history — especially in memory of the 1920 Treaty of Trianon. Stripped Hungary of two-thirds of its territory and half its population in the wake of the victorious allies of the first world war.

Over 100 years later, Trianon’s wounds remain untreated. It is almost a personal trauma for many people in Hungary: it remains unjust, cruel and a source of controversy about the rights of Romanians and Ukraine.

Yet analysts say that “Trianon Syndrome” is also useful for nationalist populists interested in portraying themselves as national protector. And few do better than Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party.

As the 100th anniversary of the Treaty comes next year, in Kossutt Square, is preparing for a big commemoration with a brand new monument.

In Central Europe, where the borders were often re-drawn over time and the entire communities had to pack their bags and relocate, such a sense of violence is unlimited.

Democracy observers in Hungary say that the left-wing and liberal parties have for a long time neglected the field of memory politics and left the nationalists to shape their narrative.

The Left believed that, while solving history and making the nation-state obsolete, the EU would solve all the problems of the country.

‘Serious mistake’

Most people regard the emergence of populism in Hungary and elsewhere in the region as a demonstration that the voter has a sense of belonging to the complex world.

In the 1990’s, the peaceful reunification and protection of the rights of the ethnic Hungarians were one of the main pillars of Hungarian foreign policy, shared from right to left across the political spectrum.

But the emphasis gradually shifted towards Europe to the left and the vicinity and a nation building project to the right.

 

 

 

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The winner of the title Mr. Pune 2009, Mr. Shreyas Tanna is currently the young, dashing, and dynamic CEO of a market research company called ResearchNReports in Pune. Fondly known as RNR, the company specializes in market research as well as industry analysis, and is closely associated with its parent company Absolute Market Insights (AMI). Mr. Shreyas Tanna began his corporate journey as the Head of Corporate sales & PR at RED Entertainment while pursuing his degree for MMS (Marketing) from the MGM College of Management, Mumbai. After accomplishing the tedious task of balancing his work and education, he further polished his skills in Corporate Sales, Public Relations, Channel Development, Global Client Engagement, Strategic Consulting, and Brand Development by working with HDFC Life and Researchmoz Global Pvt. Ltd. His dedication towards his work has even won him accolades such as the National Level Performer 2013 – HDFC Life and Mr. Research Moz 2015. A disciplined individual with a loving heart, he is often seen taking crisp walks with an engrossed look and a gentle smile within the premises of his company to interact with the various departments. And he will be usually followed by an adorable trail of his beloved trio of Shih Tzu babies proudly known as Gucci, Drake, and Paris. The most enticing thing that you will notice about this content and proud pet parent is his infectious positivity and the firm belief in his eyes, a reflection of his favorite quote, “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!”