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Communal Violence and Assertion of Identity

by Leela D'Souza, Social Action, Jan-Mar 2010.

Communal violence in India has taken different dimensions today. The increasing incidences of communal violence in recent times can be closely linked to the crisis of identity, that itself is a complex issue. Self-perceptionis an important factor in creating feelings of fear of threat to self-identity. It can emerge due to one or several factors that operate successively or imultaneously: in times of rapid social change where economic conflicts and pressures create feelings of insecurity, or wherein a democracy the political manipulation of communities adds to the perceived threat to self-identity. It can also be linked to perceptions of threat in the context of majority-minority community relations.

 

 

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