2010

Soren’s last gamble

So, did Guruji really press the red button by mistake? Does he really have Alzheimer’s disease? Does he not understand parliamentary procedures? These are the excuses the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has been trotting out for Shibu Soren’s extraordinary volte-face in Parliament last week. Lest anyone forget, the man they call Guruji is a sitting Chief […..]

Pawar gets powerplay wrong

There was a time in 1991 when Sharad Pawar was the frontrunner to take over the Congress mantel after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Candidate Pawar came down to Delhi as the race for prime ministership reached a climax and when it was over, the Times of India splashed across its front page a cartoon that summed […..]

India as a New Media Capital: The Political Impact of India’s Satellite TV News Revolution

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This article appeared in a ground-breaking book edited by two eminent media academics from Cardiffe School of Journalism. With leading international media scholars from around the world, it explored the diverse ways in which round-the-clock news channels have reshaped the genre of news and, in a broader sense, the impact they have had on democracy […..]

HIV and the gurus: religiosity, plurality and the challenge of a ‘Hindu’ response

ABSTRACT The response to HIV is more dependent on the support of social leaders than most other diseases. Over the past decade, involving faith-based leaders in prevention programmes has become a cornerstone of the response in many regions, particularly in Africa. Until now, this has largely involved the mobilization of Christian faith-based leaders or the […..]