Essay on The Religious Conflict in South Asia

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The Religious Conflict in South Asia It is a misconception to believe that there has always been conflict between Muslims and Hindu's. At one time, Muslims and Hindus would live together in peace even worshiping in the same building, a purely harmonious relationship. However the peace was not to last. In modern times the conflict it could be said is inevitable. In this essay I hope to look at the issues of conflict in South Asia focusing on India and in particular the continuing Hindu-Muslim tensions, and look at possible reasons for the continuing conflict which appears to have escalated since the withdrawal of British Rule from India. Multiple events had shaped the Indian subcontinent with…show more content…
However this harmony was short lived. By the seventeenth century Muslim rule under the strict rule of Mughal leader, Aurangzeh, over the Hindus began. Aurangzeh imposed taxes upon the Hindus, destroyed their temples often converting them to mosques, and sometimes even forced them to covert to Islam. By the eighteenth century the Mughal empire had disbursed and the British began to obtain increasing power. The British colonialism of India led to the unification of Hindus and Muslims, for both opposed the British officers and resentment grew as they were denied jobs and high positions government. By the nineteenth century the Indian National Congress (I.N.C.) had been formed and were in union demanding equal opportunities from colonial rule. In attempt to counter out the increasing Hindu educated class, the British sought to make Muslims their allies. This failed but triggered Islamic feeling that in order to protect their culture in the increasingly Hindu I.N.C., believed the Muslims should have their own Islamic state. In 1940 the all-Indian Muslim league declared its desire for a 'Pakistan' meaning 'land of the pure' under the confederation of an all Hindu state called 'Hindustan' or the 'land of the Hindus'. however a 'Pakistan' under the Indian rule seemed impossible, and
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