ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Lessons from Sri Lanka

Ethnocracy and concentration of power can derail even an affluent nation.

How is Multilingual Freelance Journalism Transforming the Media Landscape in India?

Changes in the technological landscape and the political economy of news media have opened up new spaces for freelance journalism, particularly in multilingual spaces. Freelance journalists occupy a precarious position due to their place within neo-liberal logics, but at the same time, are less beholden to many of the political, social, and commercial pressures constraining reporting and editing in big media houses. Biographical sketches of three Chennai-based freelancers demonstrate different possibilities of engaging as a freelancer across languages.

Politics of Jallikattu

The protest of Tamils against the ban on Jallikattu is a trigger. The pent-up anger against the successive policies of the central government and corporate encroachment of resources is the main cause of massive turnout in the protests. The protests displayed the limits of the Hindu right’s attempts to make inroads into the state’s politics by valorising Tamil language and culture. The protests indicate a continuity of Tamil politics with renewed strength through social media activism.

Politics of Indian Representation in Malaysia

Political parties claiming to represent the Indian community in Malaysia have, thus far survived as minority partners in a broad-based Malayan coalition. These have also evolved around the personality of the leader and thrive on the leader's equations with the prime minister. This is in increasing contrast to popular non-official discourse that insists that the present state of economic and social marginalisation of Indians can be represented within a framework that emphasises multi-ethnic politics with nationalities and groups being given equal status.
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