[Religious Intelligence] 3 Oct 2008--According to government figures on the incidence of communal violence in India, at least two violent incidents in the name of religion take place a day in the country.
Over the last four years, India has witnessed about 3,500 incidents of communal violence in which 573 people were killed and more than 10,000 injured, says the assessment report of the Ministry of Home Affairs.The Indian Express daily today quoted the report as saying that 83 people had lost their lives in the numerous communal incidents during the first eight months of 2008. By the end of the year, the death toll is expected to be much higher given that the figure does not include the number of people killed in an ongoing spate of violence on members of the Christian minority community in the eastern state of Orissa. While the Orissa government has counted 33 deaths in the Orissa violence (that began on August 24), human rights groups say at least 57 people are confirmed dead.
The home ministry report adds that the increasing tendency of various communities to spark off violent clashes on trivial provocations was worrisome. Highlighting the fact that the tolerance among certain communities had been receding, the report called for greater vigilance and pre-emptive action at the level of local authorities.