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Hinduism - How Prevalent Was Religious Persecution In India?

 

Religious Persecution is a term used to describe when people are persecuted for their religious beliefs or structures or practices. 

In popular imagination, India is portrayed as a place of ideal religious tolerance, where all schools of thought are free to flourish.

This image is significantly simplified, even though it is accurate in its fundamental form.

Competition between religious groups and schools of thought has a long history, often driven by harsh polemics intended to convince audiences that one was true and the other was wrong.

Acts of violence, on the other hand, have been uncommon in these debates, as has the concept that individuals should be afraid for their lives because of their beliefs.

Language against the Jains has a really hostile tone in the literature of the Nayanar and Lingayat communities—both followers (bhakta) of the deity Shiva—and the Nayanar leader Sambandar has been continuously linked with the impalement of 8,000 Jains in the southern Indian city of Madurai.

Similarly, the northern Indian ruler Sashanka, who was also a Shiva devotee, had a pathological loathing towards Buddhists.

Sashanka is said to have not only persecuted Buddhists, but also attempted to kill the tree at Bodh Gaya where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.

Apart from sectarian rivalry, persons whose religious beliefs has led them to disregard commonly accepted social conventions have faced a lot of criticism.

The stories of the devotional (bhakti) poet-saints are rife with accounts of the difficulties they experienced from traditional morality guards, who are commonly described as brahmins.

There was a long and frequently murderous war between two groups of militant ascetics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—the Naga class of the Dashanami Sanyasis and the Bairagi Nagas—although the objectives might just as well have been economic, notably control of commerce in the Ganges valley.

The development of Hindutva in the 1980s provides a last example of religious persecution.

Persecution has all too frequently resulted in actual bloodshed, fueled by rhetorical assaults on Muslims and Christians.


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Hinduism - Who Are Minorities And What Is Their Plight In India?


Minority groups in every society are determined by the social environment in which they exist.

Muslims and Christians are the two most prominent minority groups in India.

Due to India's tumultuous relations with Pakistan, Muslims—roughly 12% of the population—are regarded with distrust.

Outside of India, Christians and Muslims are seen as having religious loyalties—Mecca for Muslims and Rome or Jerusalem for Christians.

Other religious groups, such as the Sikhs and Jains, who are part of the Indian cultural tradition, have had quite different perceptions on these two sects.

The Rashtriya Svayamsevak Sangh and its affiliates, as well as other cultural and political organizations advocating Hindu nationalism (Hindutva), have often emphasized the "otherness" of these people.

These groups' stated goal is to bring Hindus from various areas, castes, and backgrounds together, yet they accomplish it via criteria that exclude minorities.


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