What are the effects of inter-religious interaction on inter-group attitudes among neighbours from Hindu and Muslim populations? Professor Sharon Barnhardt writes from her research in Hyderabad.
Most governments today need to be concerned with policies for managing tensions between religious or ethnic groups. This concern is particularly important in places where large numbers of low-income individuals contest for relatively scarce resources. Surprisingly, policies aimed at reducing inter-ethnic tensions take diametrically opposed approaches - some separate groups and others foster more interaction.