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Framing a social movement by the Indian print: Case study of Kisan Long March

Author Affiliations

  • 1University of Mysore, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 9, Issue (2), Pages 15-20, April,14 (2020)

Abstract

Thousands of farmers marched 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai in six days, reverberating their problems experienced in a two-decade-long, policy driven agrarian crisis. The ′Kisan Long March′ captured national attention, and symbolized the act of desperation. Many landless peasants couldn′t afford shoes, and walked barefoot. The main objective of the protest led by the Left affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was towards land rights from Forest Rights Act (2006) and improper implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations. In the past two decades, India has witnessed numerous protests by farmers but the situation remains same, and their struggle continues. Often, it is debated that the Indian press does not give proper coverage to social movements. Such protests are neglected, biased or framed as per journalistic conveniences. Thus, the main objective of the study is to understand the treatment of the movement by the Indian print. News stories pertaining to ′Kisan Long March′ will be analyzed. Each story will be categorized under five frames – journalistic objectivity, human interest, apprehension, political, and remedial frame. Content analysis will be performed on every news story.

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