The continuous news coverage and graphic imagery of the Israel-Palestine conflict can evoke strong emotional responses among Indians, ranging from anger and frustration to feelings of helplessness and despair.
Sanjeev P. Sahni, Professor & Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
War news, with its painful stories, graphic imagery, and devastating consequences leaves an indelible imprint on Indian society. In today’s interconnected world, war coverage and visuals have become increasingly accessible, impacting the psychological well-being of Indians. It is crucial to shed light on the often-overlooked consequences of war news on the mental health of Indians, exploring its effects on adults and the vulnerable minds of children.
Amidst the recurring global conflicts and warfare, it is important to take cognisance of the far-reaching consequences of war coverage and visuals on individuals and our society. The constant exposure to news and visuals of these conflicts can evoke feelings of fear, anxiety, and a sense of insecurity among the Indian population, particularly those who have a personal connection or sense of solidarity with the affected regions.
India, a country with a history of conflicts and ongoing geopolitical tensions, has its own set of unique experiences when it comes to war news and coverage. The nation has faced various conflicts, including the ongoing border tensions with Pakistan and the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. Recently, the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict and the insurgency in Manipur have also had a profound impact on the psyche of Indians. The Israel-Palestine conflict, with its history of violence and territorial disputes, has garnered significant attention in India. The conflict resonates with many Indians due to historical and cultural ties with the region and a sense of empathy towards the suffering of people, as the viewers feel transported to the ground of the conflict. The continuous news coverage and graphic imagery of the conflict can evoke strong emotional responses among Indians, ranging from anger and frustration to feelings of helplessness and despair.
Published in: News 18
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