This article employs theories of media framing to ‘the crisis in Punjab’ in 1983 and 1984. I argue that The Times of India frames Sikhs and the crisis in such a manner as to generate a stereotype of Sikhs as inherently violent, pre-modern and dangerous to the Indian state. Such a framing, I argue, mimics stereotypes of religion and violence critiqued by William Cavanaugh [2009. The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict. New York: Oxford University Press.]. I employ Cavanaugh’s critical lens on the myth of religious violence to demonstrate that this framing of Sikhs is a tool of media and the state to justify illegitimate violence again Sikhs.

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Journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory
Mann, R.D. (Richard D.). (2017). Media framing and the myth of religious violence: The othering of sikhs in The Times of India. Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory, 1–22. doi:10.1080/17448727.2017.1315521