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What do you understand by communalism? Deliberate upon the causes and impact of communalism on Indian society.

Topic:  Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

2. What do you understand by communalism? Deliberate upon the causes and impact of communalism on Indian society. (250 words)

Reference: IGNOU Material – Sociology.

Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja.

Why this question:

The question is straightforward and is based on the theme of communalism in India.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss and deliberate upon the causes of communalism and its impact in the Indian society.

Directive:

Deliberate – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you agree with the original proposition.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly discuss what you understand by Communalism.

Body:

Have the following aspects discussed in detail in the answer body –

Discuss the reasons contributing to Communalism; Vested political interests, Rise of communal organisations, Politicization of local problems, Religious fundamentalism etc.

Discuss the impact of communalism on Indian society; impact on social fabric, economy, polity etc.

Suggest way forward for eradicating communalism.

Conclusion:

Conclude that Public awareness needs to be raised about the harmful impact of communalism. Our constitution, which labels India as a secular nation makes provisions to protect the interests of all religions and goes beyond the code of any religion. Hence one must learn to put national interests above one’s religious views.