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 8: Christian Fundamentalism and the Media: The Case of Christian Broadcasting in India
Christian Fundamentalism and the Media: The Case of Christian Broadcasting in India
Christian fundamentalists rank among the world's foremost users of the media. Ever since early forays into tele-evangelism in the US, conservative Christian groups have monopolised Christian broadcasting, not only in the US but throughout the world. India is no exception to this rule. In their way of thinking, every medium of communication is a gift from God and a potential ally in the dissemination of God's unvarying, eternal truth. Instrumentalism, professionalism and pragmatism are typical attitudes underlying media use by religious fundamentalists.
Writings on religious fundamentalism in India focus more or less exclusively on the ideologies, and the cultural and political strategies used ...