Religious Limits and Violence in India Mehraz K., Wiegand

What is the issue of religious violence in India? Why does it affect the country itself, and why has violence gone up as of late?

Religious violence in India has been around ever since Islam became a religion in India. Because of their drastically different views in life, they would never get along, but the extent of violence it has reached is insane. The most notable examples of violence are the Bombay riots, but there have been many others. For example, in 2002, a train carrying Hindus was burned, and at least 58 people died. This led to riots in Gujarat, where countless people died from both religions. This can all be led back to Modi, the Prime Minister of India, who is pro-Hinduism and is against Islam. Ever since he was elected, there was been lots more violence

From learning about the violence in India though, I have many new questions that I wouldn't have thought about before my research.

Why does India allow this to happen? Yes, they arrest people in charge of violent crimes, but this shouldn't be an issue in the first place. Why doesn't India discipline people more to make sure this happens very rarely, if at all? Even though in the past, India has had this struggle, that doesn't mean they can't jump this hurdle. If they banned the caste system, which was a huge part of most Indians' lives, then they can surely make serious punishments for those who support violence against other religions.

From learning about the violence in India though, I have many new questions that I wouldn't have thought about before my research.

Why does India allow this to happen? Yes, they arrest people in charge of violent crimes, but this shouldn't be an issue in the first place. Why doesn't India discipline people more to make sure this happens very rarely, if at all? Even though in the past, India has had this struggle, that doesn't mean they can't jump this hurdle. If they banned the caste system, which was a huge part of most Indians' lives, then they can surely make serious punishments for those who support violence against other religions. Hopefully, in the future, the war between these two religions will be softened and there will be less fighting.

It's important that Americans know about this problem because they can know about the legacy of ancient India. This has been going on for countless years, and by studying this conflict, they'll learn a lot about current events, but also ancient India.

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