Exploring Communalism’s Impact on Indian Politics: Historical Analysis, Contemporary Trends, and Prospects for Harmony

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Shanta Barman
Research Scholar
Department of Political Science
Raiganj University
Raiganj,Uttar Dinajpur,West Bengal,India

Email: shantabarman980@gmail.com

Abstract:: This study delves into the intricate relationship between communalism and Indian politics,
tracing its origins, evolution, and impact on the nation’s socio-political landscape. By examining key
historical events, legislative developments, and prominent political figures, the study unveils the
multifaceted nature of communalism’s influence on governance and public discourse. Through an
interdisciplinary approach encompassing political science, history, and sociology, this research
highlights the role of communalism in shaping electoral strategies, policy formulation, and social
dynamics. Drawing from a comprehensive analysis of primary sources, scholarly works, and
empirical data, the study seeks to unravel the intricate interplay between religious identity, political
mobilization, and sectarian tensions. The contemporary assessment section of the study investigates
the current manifestations of communalism in Indian politics, shedding light on its implications for
pluralism, secularism, and democratic governance. It critically examines recent electoral trends,
legislative actions, and public opinion to discern the extent to which communalism continues to shape
the nation’s political landscape. Ultimately, this study aims to contribute to a nuanced understanding
of communalism’s role in Indian politics, offering insights into its historical roots and contemporary
manifestations. By analysing the complex interconnections between communalism, identity politics,
and governance, the study offers valuable perspectives for policymakers, academics, and citizens
concerned with fostering a harmonious and inclusive democratic society in India.

Key Words:Communalism, Politics, Religion, Riot, State, Society, Violence etc.