India is often appreciated for being a united country with so much diversity. But with communalism taking the center stage in the recent politics, the much-appreciated-diversity has been put into question.
According to a report put up by the Ministry of Home Affairs, a total of 3365 cases has been registered under communal violence from 2011 to 2015 with 85% of them happening in eight prominent and so-called ‘progressive states’ of India which includes Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.
It has been said that with BJP, the political party backed up by a prominent Hindu organization, RSS coming into power, the communal issues have increased in the recent years. Love Jihad, Muzaffarnagar riots, Dhule Riots of Maharashtra and several attacks on Christian minority in Delhi are the recent ones if we have to point out.
The Modi Government has often been blamed to wearing “a mask of nationalism” while promoting communal tensions. Even the data released by the concerned authorities pointed out that there has been 17% spike in the incidents of communal riots. However, taking a step backward, the government had very skillfully put the entire blame on the respective State Governments citing that maintaining the law and order is the prerogative of the State Government.