Explain the factors that decide the outcome of politics of social division.

Asked by hrutvisweet16 | 13th Aug, 2015, 09:23: PM

Expert Answer:

The factors that determine the outcomes of politics of social divisions are listed below:

  • The way people perceive their identities: Social divisions may take place if people demand a special recognition to their identities. However, if people perceive their identities as a part of a nation as a whole, then people belonging to different religions, traditions and customs can live peacefully in a country. For example, if we perceive ourselves first as Indians, rather than belonging to a religion or caste, then social divisions may not exist.
  • Leadership provided by the political leaders: The role played by political leaders and leadership provided by them play a significant part in creating or filling the social divisions. For example, in Sri Lanka, the special status given to the Sinhalese community is at the expense of the Tamil community which created the rift between the two communities.
  • The reaction of the government to the demands of various groups: The chances of social division are minimised if the government gives equal representation to all the major and minor groups in the society and powers are shared among them. However, if the government unequally share the powers among various groups, then the national unity and integrity of the country gets threatened.

Answered by Akanksha Kaul | 14th Aug, 2015, 11:16: AM

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