The Role of religion in politics
Religion is often described as a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. It is a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
Politics is defined as the art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.
Across the world, religion has played a big role in politics. States have committed religious discrimination. The classic case of state persecution of a religious community is that of Nazi Germany against the Jews. But there are, of course, numerous other situations in which the state may use its power to discriminate against religious groups. Such examples include Saudi Arabia’s severe restrictions on all forms of religion except those consistent with Wahhabi teachings. China has attempted to prohibit all religious activity unless it operates under the direct authorization and control of the state. The Burmese government prohibits many religious activities of Christian and Muslim groups, “operates a pervasive internal security apparatus” to control religious activity, and promotes social tension among religions. Many states have conducted political campaigns against disfavored groups to which they attach a wide range of pejorative terms. States also may be involved in seeking to enforce religious conformity. Closest to home, the Pakistani law against blasphemy is designed to promote conformity within Islam and is used disproportionately against Ahmadis, but it is also used against Muslims and Christians.
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Religion has played an important role in politics in democracies such as ours. Indian politics has been closely associated with religion
India is shining in every field, be it sports, technology or business growth and our country is moving towards success day by day. But there is still a barrier in the way of success.
The key to any country’s success has been its unity among its countrymen, but one weakness still exists in our country which can really drag down its development and success. The lack of unity among Indian people. We all know the saying – United we stand, divided we fall. India is a country having so many religions and so there is always tension among communities. But to add fuel to the fire we have our well known politicians, who play a vital role in dividing the masses. But they alone are not responsible; the countrymen are themselves responsible for what is going on today. They never try to move up and think above religion and unite. They easily fall target to extremists and their political allies. People kill each other in the name of religion but politicians live and watch. its like lighting the crackers and watching the fireworks. There is a need to unite in order to protect our country from terrorism and many other dangers. The main thing is religion should be followed as a personal belief but never given importance in other fields. Religion is a way to connect to God but now it is used to disconnect the countrymen from each other.
A war is going on. We have to defend our country from this attack. But if we, Indians as the soldiers have no unity, then there is no need of attack; the fort will collapse itself and demolish.
So it is our duty to think as an Indian – what decides our future in the country.
Politics, Religion or Our Identity as an Indian.