While many people praise India for being united despite its many differences, a recent data revealed that 2,715 communal incidents occurred in the country from 2011 to 2014, reports factly
According to the data available with the Home Ministry, a total of 2,715 communal incidents occurred in the country from 2011 to 2014. About 680 incidents occurred on an average per year. The lowest number of incidents occurred in 2011 (580) and the highest in 2013 (823).
The number of people killed in these incidents was more or less proportional to the number of incidents, with the highest number of people getting killed in 2013 and the lowest in 2011.
Interestingly, of the 35 states/UTs of India, only eight states accounted for close to 85% of all the communal incidents in the country. Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh are part of this group.
Before rushing to blame any one political party for communal incidents, it is to be noted that these eight states were ruled by different parties during this period. The Congress, BJP, NCP, SP, and BSP ruled these states at various points in time.
So, the question that arises is: why do only these states have high incidents of communal clashes? Uttar Pradesh contributed for 30% of the communal incidents in 2013, which is very high for a single state. This unusual rise just before the 2014 general election could be because of the communal politics of various political parties.
Whether the end of the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar has something to do with it, requires a deeper investigation. Among the other states, only Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal reported incidents in double digits in one or all of these four years.