Research Project

Political leaders’ use of rhetoric, in the aftermath of a critical point, against specific minority groups drives a wedge between those groups and the majority population. A careful analysis of the effects of such rhetoric provides insights in understanding the motivating factors and effects of the resulting division, which can be applied to deconstruct the emergence and durability of anti-minority sentiment. First, I will focus on the definition of a critical point and its relation to Manufactured Crisis Theory to identify a specific point that has been critical in the scope of political power for specific leaders and the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in India and the Czech Republic. Next, I will explain the root of some Hindu-Indian’s and the Czech Republic citizen’s underlying hostile inclination towards Muslim populations. Last, I will explore the larger impact of those attitudes and its relation to radicalization of both right-wing nationalist and Islamist groups. My findings will relate rhetoric to the perpetuation of radicalism in that nationalist leaders use rhetoric to manufacture crises and create critical points between majority and minority populations. The resulting friction between the two groups heightens levels of anti-minority sentiment due to some of the majority’s underlying hostile inclinations towards the minority population. This prompts the isolation of that group and increases radicalization within both populations.