Cultural Militarism, South Asia

South Asia is a complex and unique region, made up of multireligious, multiethnic, and multilinguistic groups living together in eight countries. This multiculturalism or pluralism often works against the unifying principles of nationhood, and the dividing forces conspire together for cultural militarism; social, political, and regional indoctrination spreads in the form of cultural identity politics through group, community, and class. The conflicting cultural groups act like a cultural army, using violent, armed, and criminal means of subsistence, along with political and ideological reasons to encourage cultural militarism.

Generally, religion and language work as components of ethnic identity, but they can also form a dividing line among different groups in South Asia. Due to interest in cultural issues, such as local languages and regions and the same ...

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