04 Jul
Reshma Venugopal

With media bringing in more and more stories about religious conflicts, do you think that a lot of these conflicts are all just a political ploy to distract people from the real problems? Why do people get influenced so easily when it comes to religion? In a country with so many educated people, how do people get brainwashed into thinking that it is a certain religion that causes problems to our world? What is the mechanism behind this thinking? 

Responses 3

  • Shanmugi B.P
    Shanmugi B.P   Jul 08, 2017 05:22 PM


       Hope you are doing well.It's true with your statements.People beleif is like pouring water in a salt.salt are people and water is beleif,if some part is wet then everything will become wet and waste.They will never thing about the real truth,if one accepts it and believ it then everyone will come to the mind set of beleiving it.Media plays a major role in this belief cycle.If one channel shows as about the religious conflicts,then for the TRP other channels also follow up the same conflicts with different religion.People will get confused and beleive the religious ,which has the highest TRP.

      whether its educated or uneducated people they will fall in this belief.If anyone says good or bad about this,they will try to watch it out and atlast agree with the conflicts.If its good they will believe it without seeing it,If they says bad then they will watch it"What is bad about it?" and curiosity will make them to watch and they believe it.

    Hope it helps you!!

    Take care  :)

  • Radhika Goel
    Radhika Goel   Jul 05, 2017 04:45 PM

    Hey, hope you are doing well.

    Even if some stories that come to us through news channels maybe part of political ploys of parties there is always some credence to the story. it orignated because people do feel this way and something along those lines occured. A nuslim boy getting beaten up on his way back from shopping cannot be a made up ploy by political parties. The reality is religious intolerance is on the rise or infact it never subsided.

    Every educated person also has certain opinions they have formed. One might say an aitheist or agnostic is also an educated person because if they do not believe in god they must beleive in sciecne or something else. However, recent studies show that aeithiests and agnostics are more intolerant to opposing views than religious individuals. This suggests it is not academic education that can change people's mindset. Infact, it is their conceived notions and treatment of each other as the OTHER and different from within that needs to change.

    Hope I was able to get my point across :)


  • Prasha saggu
    Prasha saggu   Jul 05, 2017 12:00 AM

    Hello dear,

    Humans are social animals and therefore we socialize into groups.We all are a part of some or the other group, some maybe close knit or primary while the others maybe those which we relate to but may not be in direct contact with. Groups are important as they give us a sense of identity. In the theories to study interpersonal conflict, Tajfel's theory of social identity marks an importance. We have two kinds of identity- personal and social. Groups give us a social identity and provide us with a sense of belonging and self esteem. Any threat to the group is seen as a threat to the social identity of the individual belonging to that group. Take for eg: statements made by Trump in his campaigns that were anti-feminist struck the whole female society in a similar manner leading to a formation of an attitude towards him. Thus, whenever one person or a group of people of a certain religion pass certain derogatory comment regarding the other religion, people of the latter group feel offended because it is their self-esteem and their identity that is put to question. Thus, the politicians who know that what is the importance of religion in an individual's life, attack that specific domain for their own good. 

    Hope this helps. 


    • Reshma Venugopal
      Reshma Venugopal   Jul 05, 2017 11:26 AM

      Thanks, Prasha

      yes, that helped tons, thank you :)