Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2019)
Coverage of 2010 Kashmir unrest by Indian media: An analysis of The Tehelka and The India Today Reportage
Author(s): AB Rouf Bhat
Abstract: The 2010 political unrest is a watershed moment in the longstanding dispute of Kashmir. During the summer of 2010, the political situation in Kashmir remained chaotic for over 100 days. The civilian killings, general shutdowns, mass protests and brutal state response to protesting population received extensive coverage of local, Indian and international media. Otherwise a dormant conflict, Kashmir received huge media attraction. During the period, Indian and International news crews flocked the alleys of Kashmir. The newspapers, magazines, and news channels carried in-depth reports, analysis, and editorials, on the crisis, which resulted in the loss of around 120 civilian lives and huge economic losses to business community. The Indian print media devoted considerable space to political uproar emerging from Kashmir. The Tehelka and India Today, two prominent news magazines published from India, also covered the months-long agitation in Kashmir. This work looks into the nature and extent of the coverage of these two publications in order to understand the nuances of media reportage of 2010 summer unrest.