How are politics and social divisions in a society related to each other? or With the help of two examples, show how social division affect politics?
Ans. In a democracy, there is generally more than one party for elections. There is competition among political parties to win elections and form the government. Political parties try to influence and impress the voters by making many promises.
(i) Since, some or the other kind of social divisions exist in all societies, there is a probability that the political parties might use these social divisions for their own benefit. They can favour a particular social group by promising them growth in the future.
(ii) This ensures them the votes from such a social group. Sometimes the political parties announce policies for the upliftment of the disadvantaged communities. All these are very dangerous, as they can create conflicts in society. Thus, social divisions might become political divisions and can lead to conflicts and distrust in society.