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Date Posted: 07:12
Author: ketch-4Jun02
Subject: Re: India/Pakistan
In reply to: Eponymous - 4 Jun 2002 's message, "Re: India/Pakistan" on 07:11

The fact that two sides in a dispute are predominantly of different faiths does not make a conflict religious. For example the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has a religious dimension, but that does not alter the fact that the dispute is not essentially a religious one.

As far as I know India remains a secular nation. As such it would be just as logical to argue that the lack of religion is the root cause of the conflict.

If a conflict is to be regarded as primarily religious in origin then it seems to me that some of these criteria should be met:

1. The demands made by either party in the dispute should be based around religious matters.
2. The dispute would be groundless if religious elements could be removed.
3. Religious leaders from either side appear to encourage conflict, perhaps declaring it to be a holy struggle.

As far as I can see these criteria are not met (except for a few cases of 3). If you wish to claim the conflict is religious in origin I believe we are entitled to a better explanation than you have provided as to why you believe this to be the case.

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