Reasons for the rise of communalism in India and what can be done to remedy it?
Division is natural order and human beings find some way or the order to seclude themselves in groups with selective affiliates. Inside religions, we have sects, castes and religious denominations as further subdivisions.
As for rise in communalism it has been due to :
1) Ancient fault lines created by the British that eventually resulted in the division of India has left a deep impact on the psyche of the country. it created a line of suspicion for ever between the 2 communities making the country vulnerable to riots.
2) Polity of appeasement that has made the minority be suspicious of their existence and getting subsumed in the majority.
3) Anti social elements instigating the communal sentiments by making use of technology like social media.4) activities of foreign funded missionary activities converting the gullible section of the society.
Religion which was supposed to provide solace to man and connect him/her with God (seriously doubt if he exists) has eventually turned out to be one of the biggest dividing force (inter as well as intra religion) through out the world.
No institution other than religion has ever been manipulated so much in the history of mankind and that too for the wrong reasons. Hitler was a just a magnified manifestation at the world stage of all the little Hitlers that reside in majority of us. And with power in our hands, we show what we can do.