Media and Human Rights: India’s North East in National India Media


With the dawn of India’s independence in 1947 and subsequent consolidation of its territory, and reorganisation of international border with her neighbours, India’s North East as a distinct geographical region is explicitly palpable. More than just a geographical region, it is a cultural region different from mainland India. Culturally, people from the region are yet to attain full citizenship. Their cultures are either looked down or yet to be accepted as one. Such conditions have led to the emergence of certain complex sociopolitical problems. To counter balance the emergence of armed opposition movements, Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act was enacted in 1958 thereby making the region the bedrock of Indian security forces. Under this Act, the security forces were given sweeping power to carry out their operations since even a non-commissioned officer (jawan) is authorised to shoot and kill the civilian on mere suspicion. The matter related to these issues may be irregular but not uncommon in the national India media. Amidst this initiative, the media become part of the public discourse only as a result of reaction to the events. The paper aims to interrogate the view that without actually going into the merit of the confrontations the media just made noises inorder to shelter the government from projecting in a poor light due to its role in human rights violation. Another strong contention is that foreign journalists are not welcome to give coverage on India’s North East as a means to contain the gross human rights violation in

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Athikho Kaisii, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

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Conference: MediAsia2015
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies

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