Imagining Vidarbha : Analysis of Discourse on Social Networking Sites of Vidarbha As a Region
This paper is located in the era when the demand for newer and smaller states is gaining ground with mixed successes. This paper will identify the role of the sites in producing the stakes for those professing both the region and leadership of the issue. Using a framework set by Amit Rai’s idea of digitality as well as Gopal Guru’s idea of photosynthesis and the location of social movement and ideology within the new grounds of digital spaces, I look at the paper from a discursive point of view.
Data for this paper is drawn from a purposive selection of pages and accounts which profess a clear bias for the region and its issues. The sample is vetted also on the basis of its popularity and the trends it exhibited since their creation during the chosen period. A second sample with the discussion of the issue of Vidarbha on accounts and pages not overtly siding with the issue will be used to contrast the first sample to highlight the socio cultural contestations, discourses and resistances.
The paper would also entail the usage of social networking sites as an alternative space for mobilisation and organisation of the movement.