Caste and Media

Mevani, Republic TV and the solidarity in Chennai

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/01/2018

Both refusals: the journalists’ and Mevani’s, can be seen as justified. Who then was right?

 

Reporter attacked, advised not to complain

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/01/2018

A Facebook post by Damayantee Dhar who reports for The Wire records an attack on herself and another reporter from the Ahmedabad Mirror on January 7  by a "mob of 15-20 dalit men". She says the two of them were heckled, manhandled and had their press cards and mobile phones snatched and..

 

Sound and fury, signifying nothing….

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/01/2018

That’s a fair description of Times Now and Republic TV’s treatment of dalits

commemorating the Bhima Koregaon battle.

 

Setting the agenda for the Telangana elections

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |02/01/2018

The media’s coverage of a dalit protest reveals how it played into the BJP game, promoting its agenda by repeating its claims and slogans,

 

Visual tales born out of conflict

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |18/06/2017

All three films not permitted to be shown at the short film festival in Kerala which is currently under way, are now on YouTube. Did the GOI really feel threatened by these?

 

EVMs: conspiracy of silence?

BY RAVIKIRAN SHINDE| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/03/2017

Why have the media bought the view that EVMs are infallible when some experts – and the Supreme Court – disagree?

 

Selective coverage of atrocities

BY SHUBHAM VERMA| IN MEDIA MONITORING |09/03/2017

Why do some anti-dalit and anti-minority atrocities dominate the news while others are ignored?

 

Why Mayawati matters more than the reporting suggests

BY RADHIKA RAMASESHAN| IN OPINION |17/02/2017

Largely ignored by the media, TV and print, until quite recently, Mayawati’s voters are speaking up at last. The BSP is in the fight in the rural seats in varying degrees,

 

Encountering sexism and casteism at work

BY PUSHPA ACHANTA| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |12/01/2017

The regional media allow discrimination against women and dalits to flourish, a Network of Women in Media conference was told recently.

 

The dalit stories which don’t make news

BY RAVIKIRAN SHINDE| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/10/2016

The anniversary would be a great event to cover on TV surely? No. As they do every year, the mainstream media boycotted this historic and gigantic gathering in Nagpur.

 

Social media helps Una dalits remain uncowed

BY RAVIKIRAN SHINDE| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |29/07/2016

The dumping of cow carcasses by large numbers during protest rallies was a unique form of protest made possible only by social media.

 

Please increase diversity in your newsroom!

BY RAVIKIRAN SHINDE| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/07/2016

An open letter to NDTV India's Ravish Kumar : Please look at the Brahmin domination in your own backyard,

 

Framing the California textbooks debate

BY VAMSEE JULURI| IN MEDIA MONITORING |16/06/2016

How did the US and Indian media convert an attempt to erase ‘’India’ and ‘Hinduism’ into a fight between ‘bad’ Hindus and ‘good’ secularists?

 

Why is the media naming the Kerala rape victim?

BY MUHAMMED SABITH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/05/2016

Kerala’s ‘Nirbhaya’ has been named and her photo published. Because of pressure from social media? Or because she was a dalit?

 

Dalit voices, loud and clear

BY AMRIT DHILLON| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/02/2016

The YouTube channel, Dalit Camera Ambedkar, captures events and emotions the mainstream media has no time for.

 

Media and civil society only hear dead people

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN OPINION |01/02/2016

Media misread campus politics. The ABVP’s Hindutva aggression is not normal student activism, but they ignored this until it led to Rohith’s suicide,

 

BJP’s commemoration politics

BY SAI VINOD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/12/2015

2015 marks the 125th birth anniversaries of both Ambedkar and Nehru, but the treatment given by GOI to the two is strikingly different.

 

One step forward, two steps backwards

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/11/2015

Caste dominated the Bihar election and its coverage. The state's progress was seen through its prism.

 

Rajputs, Jats--same thing

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/10/2015

The atrocity earlier this month at Sunped village in Haryana in which a Dalit home was set on fire and two children died, was reported by most news outlets as being a clash between Dalits and Rajputs. Kafila.org however carried a long report which described it as a clash between Dalits and..

 

Stalking the messenger

BY CHITRANGADA CHOUDHURY| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |25/09/2015

“The calls have stopped certainly, but the bravado with which he could threaten us despite being under arrest and being in a police station, makes us wonder what backlash we might face.”

 

Why more Dalits don't opt for journalism

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/04/2015

Allegations of casteism arose when a Dalit journalist died of cancer. But is Dalit employment in media a more complex issue?

 

The media's short shrift to Dalits

IN OPINION |28/04/2015

The media have no excuse for their unpardonable indifference towards crimes against Dalits.

 

The tale of a dalit journalist

BY PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN OPINION |20/04/2015

Nagaraju Koppula overcame impossible hurdles to become an English language journalist.

 

Ambedkar anniversary irony

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/04/2015

The politics around the B R Ambedkar anniversary makes news: on April 15 several papers had stories on the RSS and Congress competing to celebrate him in order to claim the Dalit vote. But atrocities against Dalits  which continue to happen claim far less attention. A February 18th incident of..

 

Resisting attacks on free speech

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |24/11/2014

Sometimes, all it takes is for one person to stand up and say 'Enough'!

 

Need to include texts that challenge caste

BY V Geetha| IN CENSORSHIP |26/02/2014

To remove ostensibly casteist texts does not address the problem, for, how do we get students to think critically of caste,

 

'I will stand by freedom of speech'

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |14/08/2013

A well-known dalit writer is arrested for a facebook post on the suspension of IAS officer Durga Nagpal and the demolition of a madrassa.

 

The untold story of Dalit journalists

BY AJAZ ASHRAF| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |12/08/2013

Many Dalits enter the media because they believe it can empower their community. But discrimination against them is rampant in the Hindi and other language media.

 

 

Caste on the campus

BY AJAZ ASHRAF| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |12/08/2013

The Untold Story of Dalit Journalists-Part II. Most Dalit journalists insist that social network based on caste plays a crucial role in placement and, subsequently, in switching jobs.

 

Farewell to media dreams

BY AJAZ ASHRAF| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |12/08/2013

Untold story of Dalit journalists - Part III. Change the media has from Uniyal's days, but its pace mimics the Hindu rate of growth, which had dogged India's economic growth.

 

Newsrooms need a dose of diversity

BY KALPANA SHARMA| IN OPINION |31/01/2013

News channels were quick to brand Ashis Nandy as casteist, but newsrooms themselves are staffed overwhelmingly by upper castes,

 

The invisible crusader

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/10/2012

A significant movement seeking land reforms has been ignored on TV. NDTV, which is generally into saving tigers, hills, coasts, and such other things, had nothing much to say about Mr Rajagopal's march to Delhi,

 

When anchors don't cross question

BY Seetha| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/09/2012

Can Ilaiah back his startling claim with data? Are upper caste men really raping only Dalit women? Are they not raping upper caste women?

 

The fuss over Aarakshan

BY hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/08/2011

The problem with Arakshan is not that it is needlessly provocative,but that it is such a disappointing film. .Free speech battles should be fought over more deserving material.

 

Remember the big picture

IN CENSORSHIP |09/08/2011

The issues involved in the ‘Aarakshan’ controversy are fundamental to the functioning of a free, democratic and pluralistic society that accords a high place to tolerance

 

Selective indignation

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |02/07/2011

Some kinds of student reservation bother the media. Others don’t. A city like Mumbai has colleges with reservations for linguistic and religious minorities which gobble up as much as 65 per cent of seats.

 

Conviction of Mumbai-based columnist for casteist remarks: need for debate

IN CENSORSHIP |31/01/2011

The sentence of conviction of a columnist for making allegedly casteist remarks has important repercussions for both free speech and hate speech,

 

Casteist reporting

BY K S Sudeep| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/07/2010

An amazing story on the India Today website seems to think that appointing Dalit cooks in schools is a deliberately divisive move by a state government.

 

The Mayawati bashing was unprofessional

BY Anand Kumar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/03/2010

True professionals stick to facts, avoid contemptuous language and let viewers and readers draw intelligent conclusions.

 

Mayawati attacks

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/09/2009

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has come under fire from scribes and the opposition for slapping the Dalit Act on reporters of a TV channel IBN 7 for a news report on how a starving Dalit sold off his wife in poverty-hit Bundelkhand. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has..

 

Caste matters

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/08/2009

The Times’ recent report isn’t unusual; the paper has been consistently running down the performance of reserved category IIT aspirants and students.

 

Bail for Andhra trio

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/06/2008

The editor and two reporters of Andhra Jyothy, arrested for beating an effigy symbolising a Dalit leader, were granted bail by a court here Thursday. The journalists will be released only Friday as the  jail authorities did not receive the court orders by 5.30 p.m.The court granted unconditional bail to..

 

Strange choices

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/01/2008

Two English news channels  gave awards for politician of the year, NDTV to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and CNN-IBN  to finance minister P Chidambaram. You would think that by any yardstick a Dalit politician achieving a clear majority in a UP election after so  many years would be the most..

 

An average Brahmin?

BY Aloke Thakore| IN OPINION |25/09/2007

The average Brahmin whom Outlook contacted intrigues me. Does he exist, or is it an easy, lazy way in which the idea of public opinion is used,

 

Mayawati and the media’s caste bias

BY sevanti ninan| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |12/06/2007

He (Kanshi Ram) had said, `Dalits don`t trust the upper caste media. To strengthen your movement, you must yourself become the media.`

 

Media justice: activism or elitism?

BY Ranjith Thankappan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/06/2007

Jessica and Priyadarshini may become a cause for this `civil society`, but not those majorities falling on the other side of the caste/class order.

 

Role of media in recent dalit outrage

BY sengupta| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/12/2006

The media ignores dalits and their problems until they turn violent.

 

Khairlanji and the English press

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/12/2006

Why this silence over such savagery? Surekha and Priyanka Bhotmange`s face and name should have become as much part of our consciousness as Jessica Lal`s and Priyadarshini Mattoo`s.

 

Invisible Dalits

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/10/2006

Dalits make their presence visible in the national media whenever some caste atrocities occur. Else they become invisible.

 

The Hindu responds on Kanshi Ram

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/10/2006

The Reader’s Editor points out that the paper more than made up with its editorial and op-ed piece the next day.

 

A letter to The Hindu’s Reader’s Editor

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/10/2006

Surely The Hindu could have made space for Kanshi Ramøs death on its front page, and rustled up an obituary for him

 

Kanshi Ram

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/10/2006

Did television news use the occasion of Kanshi Ram’s death to assess his contribution to the creation of a rising Dalit political force? Not really. On every channel except Star News the BSP founder lost out to the North Korean bomb blast and other..

 

Grassroots journalism in Chittoor

BY Usha Revelli| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |09/02/2005

Rural women, mostly Dalits, handle all the reporting, writing, editing, layout, artwork, photography and even circulation. ??

 

Caste in the newsroom

BY shivam vij| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |24/06/2004

Caste discrimination in the newsroom? Rubbish, say most upper caste journalists in Uttar Pradesh. It’s all over, say backward caste journalists.

 

Commerce, politics and caste in UP election coverage

BY Vij| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/05/2004

Tongue fully in cheek, Awasthi says that upto 10% of ‘biased’ stories don’t hurt a paper’s credentials…

 

Khabar Lahariya: When six women started a wave

BY Prarthna Gahilote| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |02/04/2004

All in a day`s work: Travelling to Allahabad to get the paper printed, egging people to buy it, resisting threats from goons

 

For Lucknow scribes happy days are here again

BY shivam vij| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |19/10/2003

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Letter to the Hoot—Dalit empowerment

BY Kartik M| IN OPINION |07/01/2003

The print media did not distinguish between empowerment and abuse of office in Mayawati’s case.

 

Jharkhand's oppressed dalits and the media

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |09/09/2002

 

MOURNING, AND THE MEDIA'S BIAS

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/09/2002

 

Where are the dalit journalists?

BY Chandra Bhan Prasad| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |18/04/2002

 

 

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