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Title: Media and Peace Process : An Examination of Mediatized Conflict and Peace Efforts in Assam with focus on United Liberation Front of Assam
Authors: Basumatary, Pinak Pani
Keywords: United Liberation Front - Media - Assam
Peace Process - Media - Assam
J J Roy Burman
School of Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Conflict exists and is a pervasive feature in all societies. Militancy has been plaguing the Northeastern region over many decades. Assam one of the states in the region has been witness to a long period of conflict.The state of Assam which is located in the northeast of India is considered a peripheral region from governance point of view. The state shares international borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan. The society of Assam consists of social groups having diverse religion, culture, language and ways of life. Historically,successive waves of migration at different times and from different directions through ancient times made the population of Assam diverse with a multiplicity of race, religion and culture.At contemporary times over a period , inter- ethnic division and conflict have grown among different ethnic groups for various reasons emerging out of identity, alienation,exclusion and lack of political representation or through misrepresentation. However, the focus of this study is specifically on conflict and peace process arising out of movements based on demands for separation or „sovereignty‟ by group called ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) a declared militant outfit and the role of Media in Conflict and Peace Process between the Government of India and the armed organization with self-procliamed goal of achieving “sovereignty”. As the conflict has continued in last few decades the question arises is how has the conflict scenario changed and evolved? To understand this projection of conflict and peace in the Media or coverage by the news media in Assam on issues of conflict and peace in particular the peace process between the Government of India and ULFA is seen as vital. Here the study is on discourse over the peace process in Assam. Also trying to critically understand the politics of representation in media affecting news, the endeavor is looking into these evolving aspects of conflict and peace process in the media and its news making role in the context of conflict resolution in Assam. The study attempts to look at the role of news media in an conflict between state and non-state actors using armed movement and explores the synergies and tension arising out of political crisis ( conflict and peace) and how media can function as a peace building mechanism for conflict resolution.The media in this respect have assumed a significant position with its growth and reach in influencing people‟s opinions and ideas about issues like militancy, its causes and the existing socio-economic crisis arising out of long drawn conflict. Media has become a source of information and mediation between stakeholders in the peace process in Assam considering many private media both electronic and print that have come up and cover conflict giving news to the public and audiences. Thus, it plays an advocacy role by promoting democratic discourse and critique on conflict and brings impetus on resolving the political issues through negotiations and peace process by raising issues which affect the masses and seeks equal participation from different section of the society towards a lasting solution by incorporating ideas on complex issues from the people and not just from political class,elites or groups who try to impose ideas and ideologies and interpret issues that raise conflict according to their understanding. In this way media operates to integrate diversity and plurality of views and facts creating an informed citizenry.....
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