Ratnamala Vanamamalai-Biological and Symbolical killing of Dalits with reference to Paramakudi Firing


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  • 1. Immanuel sekaran is a Dalit leader who laid his life in the struggle against caste depression in Tamil Nadu after Independence. 2. John Pandian is the leader of the TMMK which represents an assertive leadership against the inequalities of caste. His rise as a dalit leader in the 1980s coincides with the rise of dalit assertion in southern districts.
  • 1. Manjolai tea estate workers demonstrated before the Tirunelveli district Collectorate on the banks of the river Thamirabarani with the support of political parties on July 23, 1999 which ended with the loss of 17 lives.2. The Khairlanji massacre refers to the 2006 lynching-style murders of a Dalit family by members ofKunbi OBC caste. The killings took place in a small village in India named Khairlanji, located in theBhandara district of the state of Maharashtra. On September 29, 2006, four members of the Bhotmangefamily belonging to the Dalit underclass were slaughtered in Kherlanji, a small village in Bhandara districtof Maharashtra. The women of the family, Surekha and Priyanka, were paraded naked in public, beforebeing murdered. The criminal act was allegedly carried out by assailants from the Kunbi for "opposing" therequisition of their field to have a road built over it. Initial reports suggested that the women were allegedlygang-raped before being murdered.3. On August 6, 1991, the Dalit men of Tsunduru were chased out of their colony in the village by the police to nearby paddy fields and eight Dalits were massacred by the high-caste Hindus. The bodies were stuffed in gunny sacks and thrown in a canal. Tsuduru is a village in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh state.
  • Ratnamala Vanamamalai-Biological and Symbolical killing of Dalits with reference to Paramakudi Firing

    1. 1. V.Ratnamala Ph.D Assistant ProfessorDept of Mass Communication Mizoram University
    2. 2. Introduction Six Dalits were shot dead at the Police firing on Sep 11, 2011 in Paramakudi. The Dalits were assembled to pay homage to Immanuel Sekaran, a Dalit leader on his death anniversary which turned violent following the arrest of their leader John Pandian.
    3. 3. Review of literature Media coverage of Dalits Under representation Stereotyping The positive qualities, their demands and the background of the Dalit’s problems are often absent in the media
    4. 4. Media coverage of violence on Dalits Khairlanji Issue - Proximity Tirunelveli Massacre – Media rationalize Tsunduru Massacre – Glorifying Dalits violence Media & Minorities Islamophobia Wolsfeld et al study on the coverage of land day protest by Arab minorities
    5. 5. Media & Paramakudi firing Parthasarathi Anand Teldumde Kuffir V.Geetha
    6. 6. Purpose of the study What is the extent of the coverage of Paramakudi firing in newspapers? What are the various types of the Dalit news being covered and neglected? What are the various themes of news on the Paramakudi firing was reported? How are the vocabulary and lexical choice used in the text?
    7. 7. Methodology Content analysis Universe - Print Medium The Tamil dailies namely Dinamalar, Dina Thanthi, Dinakaran and the English dailies namely The Hindu, The Times of India and The New Indian Express were chosen for the study. A one week samples of the selected dailies from sep11- 17, 2011
    8. 8. Results Frequency of the news occurrencesSl.No Name of the newspaper Total No of news1. Dinamalar 452. Dina Thanthi 393. Dinakaran 644. The Hindu 285. The New Indian 30 Express6. The Times of India 21
    9. 9. Frequency of the themes of the news itemsSl.No Name of the Violence of Dalits filed Violence of Police – Politicians & Special articles newspaper by reporters statements by NGOs & Bureaucrats Dalit politicians1. Dinamalar 22 4 19 02. Dina Thanthi 18 6 13 23. Dinakaran 36 11 17 04. The Hindu 10 10 7 15. The New 14 12 8 0 Indian Express6. The Times of 7 2 6 5 India
    10. 10. Sources Only official views are present Victims views absent Second sourcing
    11. 11. Vocabulary or Lexical choices New Indian Express - Rampaging mob, violent mob, Miscreants The Hindu - stone pelting mob The Times of India – angry dalit mobs In Dinakaran and Dina Thanthi, they called them as supporters until the violence started. After that they called them as mob
    12. 12. Findings More space and more news reports Not followed two source rule Second sourcing Stereotyping as violent Dalit violence glorified & Police violence downplayed
    13. 13. Conclusion The coverage of Paramakudi firing could be compared with the coverage of Islam in western media. The post 9/11 coverage in American media leads to Islamophobia. The post 9/11 coverage i.e. the Paramakudi firing and also the previous incidents of violence on Dalits coverage in media is biased and branded. The coverage leads to the fear or dread of Dalits in Tamil Nadu. So it could also be termed as Dalitophobia.