22 August 2012 /SAMİ KOHEN
Ethnic and religious conflicts have become so widespread in the world that it is impossible for the public to follow all of these with great sympathy. The atrocities in Myanmar’s Arakan province have become better known by the public since Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited the place.
And recently in the Assam province of India, clashes between Muslims and the indigenous Bodo tribe turned into a massacre when 87 people were brutally killed, 14,000 houses were burnt down. What is the reason behind such ethnic and religious conflicts becoming more widespread? Why do people who had been living together for centuries start to behave like enemies all of a sudden? One of the reasons is that the religious, ethnic and sectarian sense of belonging has come to the forefront more, leading to rivalry and conflicts among different groups in a country.