India is not a stranger to internal conflicts. The nation was birthed in the midst of one and has ever since experienced them regularly, each leaving its mark in the nation’s history.
Here are all the reasons why India experiences conflict:
A is for Activism, like that headed by Irom Sharmila in Manipur against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
B is for Borders, like the one fighting to secure in the north against China.
C is Caste, like the ones that erupted after the death of Rohith Vemula.
D is for Defamation, like what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of.
E is for Ethnicity, like the battle for Khalistan.
F is for Food, like the violence following the beef ban.
G is for God, like the riots that erupted in Godhra after the Babri Masjid demolition.
H is for Hate Speech, like what led to the conflicts at Malda.
I is for Insurgency, like the ULFA insurgency in Assam.
J is for Journalism, like the fake news that led to the Jharkhand attacks.
K is for Kissing, like the outrage that comes from excessive moral policing.
L is for Language, like when people with linguistic differences fought to have an independent ‘Gorkhaland‘.
M is for Money, like all the backlash that came with demonetisation.
N is for Nationalism, like everything that happened with Kanhaiya Kumar.
O is for Oppression, like what communities around the country all the time.
R is for Rights, like the right to love whoever you want by decriminalising homosexuality by abolishing Section 377.
S is for Sports, like the violence that takes place after India loses a cricket match.
T is for Territory, like the war over Kashmir.
U is for Unions, like what happens during transport strikes.
V is for Votes, like what happened before the Muzaffarnagar election.
W is for Water, like the Cauvery River dispute.
X is for Xenophobia, like the attacks against Africans.
Y is for Youth Wings, like the ABVP stirring up trouble every now and then.
Z is for Zamindari, like the violence with the Naxals.