Democracy and Media: Conformities and Contradictions

By Sujata D. Hazarika.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Media in India has created a polemic identity in its cultural landscape by continuously negotiating with other conflicting democratic identities created by the pluralistic nature of its culture in terms of ideas, language, religion etc. Since Media is a pivotal institution for democratic governance an examination of its dynamics in enhancing and depleting democratic nationalism, in the specific context of India helps to understand the conformities and contradictions it creates and pursues. The paper will primarily attempt to put forth a paradox of how the different industrialized sections of mass media productions and distributions in India on one hand tries to promote a pan–Indian nationalism while on the other hand liberalization of media through say a multitude of satellite television channels and other similar liberal forms of Print and newspaper have managed to confuse the nationalistic and cultural identity of the masses. Moreover the rhetoric of a imagined culture that media applied to construct a pan-Indian consciousness during the formative years of nation building and later led to fissures in the same cultural landscape giving rise to contradictions that it was not ready to handle. Thus voices of dissent and sub-nationalism grew out of the dominant language of homogenization that the Indian state sought to impose through media.

Keywords: Northeast India, Conflict and Sub-Nationalism, Ethnicity, Open-Sky Policy, Autonomy, Prasarbharati, Cultural Democracy

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 12, pp.47-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.122MB).

Dr. Sujata D. Hazarika

Senior Lecturer, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India

Dr. Sujata D. Hazarika is an active researcher in various sociological issues especially pertaining to culture, media, gender and displaced communities. She has a keen interest in the Sociology of India with special reference to North East India and has explored issues of Ethnicity, Peace and Conflict studies and alternative science.

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