This book makes a new and significant argument that Indian news media are no longer just observers but active participants in the events that direct the nation. It explores the changing role and performance of Indian news media in the past 25 years by examining their coverage of some of the landmark events and issues within the context of the India's ‘globalising’ polity, increased privatisation, new communication technologies and the rise of individualism.

The challenges of globalisation have resulted in significant changes in news processes and procedures, which this volume details by scrutinising the media's reportage of several events and issues, such as anti-graft movement, paid news, sting journalism, 24-hour news and coverage of terrorism and politics—media nexus. The theoretical exploration of the changes in the Indian media landscape draws from academic disciplines of media studies, journalism, cultural studies, political science and sociology.

News Media's Role in a Transitioning Society

News Media's Role in a Transitioning Society

News media's role in a transitioning society

Usha M. Rodrigues

The December 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Incident

Warning! The following two paragraphs describe a gruesome event, which may upset some readers.

On 16 December 2012, a 23-year-old paramedical intern was beaten and gang-raped by six men in a bus in Munirka, New Delhi. The horrific details of the crime shocked the nation. The young woman and her male friend were brutally beaten with an iron rod inside a private bus as they were returning home after watching a movie at around 9:30 p.m. The paramedic, who was fatally injured, and her companion were left to die on the roadside, causing an outcry on the streets and on social media networking sites. The ...

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