Gandhi Meets Primetime
Globalization and Nationalism in Indian Television
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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I am deeply grateful to my colleagues in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for their unmatched collegiality and steadfast support. I cannot express my heartfelt appreciation to all of them individually here, but I want to especially thank Tino Balio,...
Introduction: Unimaginable Communities
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We live in a dynamic world of electronic capitalism where traditional definitions of nationality, community, and identity are always in flux. We are only beginning to understand the significance of transnational networks such as CNN, MTV, and STAR TV, which can bypass national governments...
1. From Doordarshan to Prasar Bharati: The Search for Autonomy in Indian Television
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Around 3:00 p.m. on November 12, 2001, the viewers of Doordarshan and the listeners of All India Radio were treated to a rare address that had been broadcast to the nation by Mahatma Gandhi on the same day in 1947. The historic event was recreated to commemorate the fifty-fourth anniversary of...
2. At Home, In the World: The Viiewing Practices of Indian Television
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In provincializing europe, Dipesh Chakrabarty argues that Benedict Anderson’s influential notion of nations as imagined communities is a useful reminder that imagination is a very real and productive phenomenon in everyday life, and therefore should not be understood as something that is false...
3. Between Tradition and Modernity: The Development of an "Indian" Community of Television
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in this chapter, I address the question “Is there an Indian community of television?” by critically evaluating the utopian vision of using satellite communications for national development in the postcolonial world. In the first section, I outline the utopian theory of “development” and discuss how its...
4. "Gandhi Meet Pepsi": Nationalism and Electronic Capitalism in Indian Television
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“Gandhi meet pepsi,” declared the headline for an article written by the noted feminist scholar Urvashi Butalia (1994) in the Independent on Sunday.1 The headline is heady, the contrast clever, and the significance stunning. The superstar of Indian nationalism forced to face the rising star of transnational...
5. Nikki Tonight, Gandhi Today: Television, Glocalization, and National Identity
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In 1927, at the peak of India’s freedom struggle against British colonialism, Catherine Mayo published her blatantly imperialist book Mother India.1 Mayo’s prejudiced view of Indian culture and traditions generated considerable controversy among the Indian literati, who called on the British government...
Conclusion: Is There an Indian Community of Television?
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in 1991, just as the explosion of foreign and domestic satellite television channels began to transform the political, cultural, and economic landscape in India, Seminar, an influential academic journal, devoted an entire issue to the problematic of status of the nation as a unified community in relation to...
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Publication Year: 2005