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News pornography and mediated cultures of violence: Anirban K. Baishya, Shaheen S. Ahmed and Amit R. Baishya

Guest Post by ANIRBAN K. BAISHYA, SHAHEEN S. AHMED and AMIT R. BAISHYA

Satyamev Jayate, the popular Aamir Khan-helmed TV show, aired an episode in May this year that praised northeast India [an unfortunate “directional category” (Barbora) that homogenizes a complex, polyglot region] for its virtual absence of dowry-related crimes and its general “liberalism” on gender issues.  Subsequently, one saw a virtual deluge of “Proud to be from the northeast”- type of messages on social networking sites such as Facebook.  June and July, though, were cruel and dispiriting months that belied such declarations of identitarian pride, especially for people from Assam. Continue reading News pornography and mediated cultures of violence: Anirban K. Baishya, Shaheen S. Ahmed and Amit R. Baishya