Why do Communal riots take place?
23 Sep 2013 by Mihir Kulkarni in Editor's pick, National News, What's Happening
There is always a hidden ‘communal’ animal inside us, disguised in our civilized culture and behavior! The recent Muzaffarnagar violence reminds us of its grave presence; and yet again it’s subdual to politics! Communal riots are devastating social peril…still they happen…and customarily, they are anticipated strategies in Indian Politics!
According to the home ministry statistics, not very earlier; but since 2005 till date, India saw 1006 casualties just because of communal violence. Recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh took around 40 lives. Statistics clearly make us aware sedate situation!
Let’s analyze the real cause behind these communal riots
We generally tend to form strong opinions about a particular issue. So strong, that sometimes they overpower rationality of the mind and generate a notion of ‘preciseness’ of our personal ideology. A communal riot starts taking place; much before its actual existence; when this megalomaniac notion starts taking firm roots into the minds of a community. And so it begins…
These days in our country, almost anything can start a communal violence; a clumsy issue of loud music outside a temple, to a serious crime like molestation…almost anything can spark off the fuel! There may be a variety of reasons that can be analyzed. A riot can start just at a point when the social equilibrium is about to violate beyond its critical limits. Many times, social history has a significant impact on the communal psychology of that place, and hence is a weighty reason for violence. Communal riot can also happen as a mode of protest of two communities possessing antithetical thinking and approach. Hence there can be many reasons (relevant, or may be not) for a communal sentiment to be hurt…and a riot resulting out of it!
Communal riots because of people being over-sentimental have always been anticipated and taken benefit of as vote- polarizing politics. Many a times, political parties are seen obeying partial protocols towards certain people of a community, merely for vote- gain purposes. Post communal riot, they tend to gain the sympathy of a community over another to ensure a vote bank. Hence, in many cases, anarchy in tendering justice is noticed. In a sense, we are tamed ‘communal’ animals in the courtyard of politicians for their own purposes! They ensure that a communal riot provides vote polarizing benefits!
It is a need to think – where is our society treading with this creepy communal ideology? It’s about time that we start thinking rationally, for the greater good.