Debating Identity: Reflections on Coverage of Dharaharā and Kāṣṭhmaṇḍap Post Gorkha-Earthquake 2015

Authors

  • Abhas Dharananda Rajopadhyaya Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, Kantipur City College, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bodhi.v7i0.27905

Keywords:

Gorkha earthquake, heritage, Kasthamandap, Dharahara, media coverage, qualitative analysis, reconstrcution, identity

Abstract

The 7.8 Mw Gorkhā-earthquake in April 2015, took 8,857 lives, injured 21,952, destroyed 755,549 buildings, 581 heritages and cost an estimated approximate $513.38 billion. Many heritage sites, including those enlisted in the World Heritage Site, were damaged due to this disaster. The fall of Dharaharā, among all cultural-historical sites, was given (un- ) due attention by many national media, owing to high number of deaths and as a popular landmark of the city. This modern elite tower structure was presented as symbol of national unity and of 'rising back'. But there are other important public heritages too - many centuries older than Dharaharā and they too had stories of deaths, of injuries and of survivals, but received a very small space or almost none in the national media. I take an example of Kāṣṭhamaṇḍap that hosted over 54 people during the earthquake. I have used the method of qualitative content analysis to discuss the construction of identity by national media.  

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Published

2019-12-31

How to Cite

Rajopadhyaya, A. D. (2019). Debating Identity: Reflections on Coverage of Dharaharā and Kāṣṭhmaṇḍap Post Gorkha-Earthquake 2015. Bodhi: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7, 67–104. https://doi.org/10.3126/bodhi.v7i0.27905

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