How Keep state of selected option?

hi all,
    I have a small problem to keep the state of the selected option.

Here  is my code

if  (rs !=null &&
               <option value="<%=rs.getInt("id")%><nationality.equalsIgnoreCase(rs.getString("var1"))?"selected":" "%>><%=rs.getString("var1")%></option>

The problem is the selected option is not selected?
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Should be as follow:

<option value="<%=rs.getInt("id")%>" <%=nationality.equalsIgnoreCase(rs.getString("var1"))? "selected" : "" %>><%=rs.getString("var1")%></option>
NASEEMAAuthor Commented:
  I tried the comment but its not working .Where could be the problem.?
Any error encounter?
What is the output (html source) for the above codes?
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NASEEMAAuthor Commented:
    No error.The problem is when i select any option its not selected.
The viewsource of the page is

 <select name="nationality">
      <option value="186">Afghanistan</option>
      <option value="221">Albania</option>
      <option value="239">Algeria</option>
      <option value="118">American Samoa</option>

The source code of the page is

<option value="<%=rs.getInt("id")%>" <%=nationality.equalsIgnoreCase(rs.getString("var1"))? "selected" : "" %>><%=rs.getString("var1")%></option>
The value of the option are 186, 221...etc
When the page submitted, the value for parameter "nationality" won't equal to the option label.


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NASEEMAAuthor Commented:
   Yes you are right .Thanks .

Sorry for the simple mistake -:)
Glad I could help :)
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