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“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is”. Explain. Further examine the role of religion in formation of political attitude in the Indian context.

Topic: Quote based quotation

7. “Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is”. Explain. Further examine the role of religion in formation of political attitude in the Indian context. (250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is a quotation based one.  One must examine the role of religion in formation of political attitude in the Indian context.

Key Demand of the question:

Examine the role of religion in formation of political attitude in the Indian context

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with basic idea of the quote.

Body:

This is the quote given by Mahatma Gandhi, which underlines the importance of religion in shaping political and moral attitude of people. The answer can be framed in the following manner

Elaborate the statement and its assumptions in detail.

Discuss how religion played an important role in shaping political attitude in India.

Partition of India on communal lines and existence of political parties adhering to a particular religious ideology are examples and validation of the above quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

Conclusion:

Conclude that in a developing society, like India, where tradition coexists with modern practices, religion still plays a very important role in the distribution of power in society. Hence, the idea that politics is immune from religious ideas is tantamount to ignorance about the powerful role religion plays in the socio-political life of Indian society. It can be said that religion still fundamentally shapes political attitude of a large section of people in India.