Media plays an essential role in establishing democracy and fighting for the rights of people. He and serves as a source of information and educates the public on issues in their community, state, country, and world. While there is the mainstream media, there are also newspapers, websites, and television stations all dedicated to giving minorities and disenfranchise segments of the society a voice. The Eastern Post is one cents source of media based in Kolkata India. It is dedicated to providing English media that serves as a voice of Muslims and minority communities in the Buffalo region.
In 2011, the Census of India recorded over 24 million Muslims in the state of West Bengal, approximately 27% of the state’s population. This population makes them the largest minority in the state. The number of Muslims in West Bengal has been rising steadily as Bangladeshi Muslims move into Indian. However, long before the border between India and Bangladesh was drawn, Islam was practiced in much of the region. In fact, Bengali Muslims are the second-largest group of Muslims behind Arab Muslims.
Most of the citizens of Bangladesh are Bengali Muslims. This means that the practice Islam and speak in the Bengali language. Bengali Muslims also make up the largest minority in West Bengal and Assam. The Bengali Muslim population in West Bengal is the residual effect of the 1947 Partition of Bengal and India. As a minority group, they have often felt that their voice is not heard and that they are underrepresented in government policies and initiatives.
The relationship between the media and the government of India has been tumultuous. While the media helped inform citizens during the time of British colonial rule, helping unite Indians as they fought against British imperialism, it was brought to a standstill during the time of Emergency in 1975 when there was press censorship. Since then the media has been gaining increasing influence amongst the masses and played a critical role in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
While much of the world has seen the transition of media from print to online happen at a slow pace, this transition has happened at breakneck speed in India. Much of the media was controlled by the government and was limited to newspapers and radio before the liberalization of the Indian economy in the 1990s. This has quickly transitioned to television and social media.
This rapid transition aligns with how quickly the country has adopted new technologies. Additionally, efforts to bring the Internet to the masses through companies like Reliance’s JIO have contributed to the surge in online and social media. In 2018, India and over 326 million social media users. This is anticipated to grow to nearly 448 million users by 2023. As more people get online and engage with social media regularly, having a platform where your voice is heard is especially important, especially for minority communities.
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