Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Elsie MishraEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200191

Violence is inherent in human nature and thus has become an intrinsic part of human society. When a mosquito bites, we strike hard to kill it. Very few would allow it to suck blood and fly away. This is a simple case of violence. Violence has grown in magnitude with the development and growth of mankind. Men have waged many violent wars and committed many atrocious violent acts against one another. In other words, violence is one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal of mankind. It is often used to strike fear in others, to harm, and to get any work done the way it is wanted. It is evident from history that violence has often been used to gain power and control over others, especially in the name of God. For example, Babri Masjd violence which shook the nation on 6 December 1992 with the demolition of a sixteenth-century mosque present in Ayodhya, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram (Hindu deity) by Hindus. A communal riot ensued the demolition of the mega monolith...

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  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesNational Institute of TechnologyRourkelaIndia