Era of Divisive Politics
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Era of Divisive Politics

Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef calender  28 Apr 2018

Era of Divisive Politics

India burns each time when clashes occur between communities and people take to streets, vandalizing public properties, pelting stones, setting ablaze, killing each other and what not.  Gone are those days of glory and communal harmony in the country. Politics is now no longer a medium to unite people for a social cause; instead, it is the triggering point of clashes between various communities. In India, everyone is equally entitled with the same set of rights and responsibilities. Then why are specific class, caste, creed, region, gender etc. getting targeted to play the ‘VICTIM’ card? Who is dividing our society? 

What Statistics Imply?

The government’s own data, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed that the incidents of communal violence have gone up by 41 percent across the country during the past three years. Those BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have topped the list.

According to the data compiled by the NCRB, officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that 336 cases related to offences promoting enmity between different groups on the bases of religion, race, and place of birth were registered in 2014, which shot up to 475 in 2016, an increase by over 41 per cent.

  • In the Union Territories, including Delhi, these incidents dipped from 18 in 2014 to just one in 2016.
  • Bihar, which did not report any such incident in 2014, saw eight such incidents in 2016, an increase of 800 per cent.

Among the states where incidents of communal violence took place, UP topped the list with 162 cases in 2016, 155 in 2015 and 133 in 2014. A closer analysis shows a sizeable jump in such cases in UP in 2016 — the election year. In Maharashtra, 270 communal incidents have been reported in the last three years, 68 of which took place in 2016, 105 in 2015 and 97 in 2014. MP stood third with 205 such cases in three years — 57 in 2016, 92 in 2015 and 56 in 2014.

Since British rule, our motherland has witnessed various forms of societal segmentation. We have imbibed various maneuvers from the foreigners, embracing both good and bad, however, divisiveness remains the vital adoption of all time.

Being in a so-called ‘Democratic and secular’ country, why are we divided on the grounds of our religion? Though the concept of secularism merely sticks to the pages of our constitution these days, who is behind this “well constructed agenda of dissection”? It goes without saying that the political parties in every state play an important role in building animosity among the various groups. They are capable of setting up new trends and if hostility being the new trend, it's high time to wreck the system of cheap divisive politics.  

#RaiseYourVoiceAgainstDivisivePolitics

By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C

thamanna@molitics.in

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