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Increasing coverage of Naxalism by media fuelling its growth?
Now days we are running away from the reality. What we talk is about Sensex, GDP, foreign exchange etc. These are obviously good figures to watch but these good figures neither provide food to majority nor they provide clothing and shelter to millions.

These days may be town and cities are rocking on their part but villages or we call it as rural India is still buried under poverty and the best way we find to describe naxal movement is, these are nothing but a symbol of divide between the rural and the urban India.

The naxal movement actually originated in 1960’s but did not produce any violent activities that time. Growing with time they started continual violent activities which attracted the media houses to cover them. These groups were covered on front page in print media and were aired on prime time. Print media was covering this issue from a very long time but these groups received attention of electronic media because of the increased number of private satellite televisions.

The private media played a great role in the increased number of media coverage of these groups. Increased number of private media houses increased the competition among them. Now the domestic media houses were looking for the issues which were traditionally neglected or are less covered to compete to other media houses. Also the increased media coverage of these groups have politicised and sensitised the issue.

As of now sensational news always attracts audience, so all the TV news channels covering naxal movement received much more audience attention and in turn has more chance to become popular. So the media negatively sensationalised the movement, the same news was aired so many times that it created a sensation in the minds of people.

According to the media monitoring report, since 2004 to 2007, every year the number of violent activities by naxal’s increased. In 2004, the amount of news about the naxal activities totalled 43 where as in  2007 it was increased to 2287. The leaders of these naxal groups were interviewed and their interviews were aired so many times a day, the airing of naxal leader’s interview gave audiences an image of Dabang among their sympathizers which in turn boosted the morality of their colleagues for more violence.

Media could have played a better role but we always felt media to work for their benefit instead of working for their audiences. If these media houses would have been working for their audience then they would have aired these news in such a manner that these groups feel ashamed of doing violent activities instead of getting inspired from the airtime that their leaders were getting.



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