Why religion in India has always been a tool for riots and politics

The political trade in religion is basically known as communalism, it’s an ideology on which communal politics is based. And communal violence is conjectural consequences of communal ideology.

Politicians have played an evil role in making grave communal situations in India.  There was politics at the root of painful division of India in 1947 in the name of a particular religious community.  But even after paying a heavy price in the form of partition, in many riots provoked thereafter, we can find the involvement directly or indirectly, of political parties or their supporters.

Along with this for the sake of vote bank, the policy of appeasement, selection of candidates on the basis of community, sect, sub-sect and caste, and flaring up religious sentiments at the time of elections, led to the rise of communalism. The practices are still continued and the country is bearing heavy loss because of it.  We can witness many adverse results of these practices.

In India, we have multiple example of violence such as Partition of India in 1947, Ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindu Pundits in 1989, Anti-Sikh riots, 1984, Babri masjid demolition in Ayodhya in 1992, Assam Communal violence in 2012, Muzaffarnagar violencein  2013.

Similar to above mentioned list, there are many more, which has impact on the masses and killed people on large scale. Bombay bomb incident, 1993, Attack on Akshardham in 2002 by Lashkar-e-Toiba & Varanasi Bomb attack, 2006 are few of them, having Anti-Hindu outlook.

Consequences of religion are well known to all of us. With killings in mass (riots), the real sufferer beings are the poor; they lose their house, their near and dear ones, their lives, their livelihood, etc. It violates the human rights from all direction. Sometimes children will lose their parents and will become orphan for life time and nobody will be there to look after them.

Communalism is one of the reasons which are keeping India still under the status of “developing nation” because; such activities occurring frequently do harm the human resource and economy of the country.