This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, policies, and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and studies how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance.
The author explores aspects of colonial political economy and how it has shaped the structure of media in India and in many other countries. It also discusses liberalization, privatization, and media politics in contemporary India. Divided into three sections—structures, means, and resistance—the chapters focus on both the electronic and the print media.
The book would interest students and researchers of Indian media history, international communication, media and politics, sociology, and political economy.
Chapter 2: The Political Economy of Communications in Colonial India: Mass Communication and the Empire
The Political Economy of Communications in Colonial India: Mass Communication and the Empire
Ever since ancient times, India has provided a fertile base for invaders, explorers, travellers and traders. Kushans and Greeks, Persians and Tartars, Chinese and Mughals and in the more recent past, the Portuguese, French and the British, have, at different periods and places, trundled into and out of India, carrying with them economic wealth, but also leaving behind a legacy of traditions, including communications and culture, some that continue to exist even today. The tools and practices of communications introduced by the British formed another layer over preexisting traditions of communications in India that were predominantly oral and that included ...