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Communal disharmony: Let us work for all inclusive development and defeat the divisive hatred and violence
An interesting and thought-provoking blog titled 'Can we all get along? We should all stand up against violence in the name of the sacred', penned by Ram Madhav, national general secretary of the BJP, was published in The Times of India on December 12, 2017.

He wrote that we should all stand up against violence in the name of the sacred. He cited quite a few recent violent incidents in India in the name of the sacred to make his point. He also emphasized that we should not be selective in expressing our outrage against such violence. We all entirely agree with him.

We must not in this connection forget, how big we are? We are a country with a population of over 1.3 billion. And, how many such incidents have happened, how many were involved? If we consider it proportionately, is it really that many for the nation/government to be called racist/casteist/communal? Where do we stand if compared with other nations/countries like the United States of America?

The other thing to remember is the ethnic diversity of India. It is something unique about our country. And more the diversity, more the differences. Consequently, there is more scope for violence and more difficult it is to quell or eliminate it.

Again, it is actually hatred that precedes the violence. Therefore, we should all stand up more against hatred. If we can eradicate hatred then there would be no cause for violence. Casteist and communal hatred can be eradicated. This is not inherent in Indians, here people have traditionally learnt to live together except when passions get ignited. And who ignites these passions? Sadly, it is our politicians who are to be blamed.

The seeds of communalism were sowed by the British with a view to kill Indian nationalism. And we know how after independence the Indian politicians fanned the fire of communalism for making the Muslim community their vote bank. Casteism was prevalent, though not very widespread in the pre-independence days. With social reforms and proper education, it started diminishing until the politicians started to exploit and incite it for political gains. The RJD, BSP and the SP in the north and the DMK and AIADMK in the south survived and prospered only through this strategy of caste exploitation. Even the Congress and Communists can't be absolved of these charges.

Politics is the process of making decisions in governance. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance. In India, to achieve this position of governance the politicians were exploiting the inter-caste/community differences.

The extent and intensity of social and communal exploitation in India has been coming down over time. This mostly thrive where the socio-economic condition is poverty and prejudice driven. The socio-economic and political scenario has been transforming. Further, technological progress has brought increasing awareness in common people anywhere and everywhere including India, on how people in many other countries are reaping the benefits of all round developmental efforts being put in by their respective governments. People therefore have started to see through the games the local politicians play and back only politicians offering development and good governance. As the people start deriving benefits from developmental efforts, they will forget their caste/ community affiliation and illogical reservation demands and inter-group feelings of hatred will disappear.

The onus is now on the politicians to understand this and then consciously change their approach to suitably making all efforts for all round development in their constituencies. This will expedite the process of development leading to complete disappearance of hatred.

(The writer is an author and commentator.)

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