In 2020 March, when the sudden lockdown was imposed, one thing that was on every TV channel was the Tablighi Jamaat. No one knew about Tablighi Jamaat and that they were holding a meeting in Nizamuddin till then. But overnight the vilification, the name-calling, and the targeting of Muslims across the country as super spreaders was taken over by TV debates. Instead of spreading awareness, the media chose to stigmatise a section of the population. It hampered community outreach and communicating effectively. For this episode, Suno India's editor-in-chief DVL Padma Priya spoke to Ashima Mandla, an advocate with the Delhi high court to understand the issue better and the role of language in health communication.
This series has been made possible by a grant from the Thakur Family Foundation.