Many skeptics of the BJP point towards their dubious attitude on secularism and the risk they pose to the social fabric of the country. Is this true? Do the numbers back this up? Today, I look at state-wise instances of communal violence between 2010-2013. I also look at the number of people killed and injured to test the intensity of each of these riots. All data was obtained from this reply to a question in the Lok Sabha. Graph 1 looks at the instances of communal violence, Graph 2 plots the number of people killed and Graph 3 looks at the number injured in these instances.
Finally, I talk about the importance of these numbers and why we should be paying attention to them.
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