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Submitted by Shanna Dietz Surendra on
Thank you for the thought provoking piece! Although this blog did not make the distinction, I think it is important to note that conflict does not automatically equate violence. The above statistics used violence (homocides, riots, etc.) as the sole indicator of conflict, thereby implying that the two concepts are one and the same. However, conflict can and often does exist without outbreaks of violence. A broader understanding of conflict - to include, for example, identities of intolerance at the individual level - would yield markedly different results, particularly in India where in the face of economic development interreligious (i.e. communal) violence may be decreasing, but interreligious discord certainly is not. Just my two cents. Thank you again for your important work!