The Journey of Hindi Language Journalism in India: From Raj to Swaraj and Beyond
Mrinal Pande
140 x 216 mm
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In India, the English-language media is considered the ‘national media’, while vernacular media remains ‘regional ‘.  However, from the 1980s onwards, demographic changes and growth in literacy in the Hindi heartland broadened the market for Hindi newspapers.

In this book, well-known journalist Mrinal Pande takes us through the history of Hindi-language journalism in India. She discusses

  • its early days as nationalist newspapers in the colonial period;
  • its subservience to the English print media in the early decades of independence;
  • the fillip it received in the post-Emergency 1980s when an inclusive Hindi, propped up by regional dialects, became the best vehicle for furthering Indian democracy.

The author also focuses on the current digitisation of all media, the increasing influence of social media platforms, and heavy reliance on advertisements.

Examining the close connections between politics, the corporates, and newspaper/news channels, the book asks: Can editorials continue to care for individual rights and local cultures, given their proximity to political and corporate lobbyists? How far will our Constitution-given freedom of information and speech stretch if media laws are amended?

Mrinal Pande  is a veteran journalist, television personality, and author. She was the first woman Editor-in-Chief of the multi-edition  Hindi  daily, Hindustan. The first woman to be Secretary-General of the Editors’ Guild of India, she is also the Founder-President of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, a national body of India’s women journalists. She was also Chairperson of India's public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, from April 2010-March 2014. She was awarded the Padma Shri  in 2006 for her services in the field of journalism.

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List of Abbreviations


  1. The Story of Hindi
  2. Evolution of the Hindi Press after Independence
  3. How the Hindi Newspaper Business Changed
  4. Living above Fault-Lines
  5. Who Moved My News?
    Digitised Media and Expansionism
  6. Hindi Newspapers
  7. The New Media Ecology
  8. Postscript: Post-Covid Media


Release Date : 24-Jan-2023 Venue : India International Centre, New Delhi
1. Book Review | Published in the Economic & Political Weekly, New Delhi, 20 April 2024.
2. Article | Published in The New Indian Express, Chennai, 19 December 2023.
3. Article | Published in the Indian Express, New Delhi, 30 October 2023.
4. Article | Published in the, 2 October 2023.
5. Book Review | Published in The Book Review Literary Trust, October 2023.
6. Book Review | Published in the Millennium Post, New Delhi, 15 October 2023.
7. Extract | Published in The Wire, 19 February 2023.
8. The Notice | Published in the Asian Review of Books, 19 January 2023.
9. Book Review | Published in the Himal Southasian, 02 December 2022.
10. Book Review | Published in The Wire, 18 November 2022.
11. Book Review | Published in The Telegraph, Kolkata, 25 November 2022.
12. Book Review | Published in The Federal, 5 November, 2022.
13. Notice | published in the Frontline (Fortnightly), Chennai, 22 October-4 November 2022.
14. Book Review | Published in The Tribune, New Delhi, 23 October 2022.
15. Book Excerpt | Published in National Herald, New Delhi, 16 October 2022.
16. Book Review | Published in ThePrint, 9 October 2022.
17. Book Review | Published in The Hindu, Chennai, 9 October 2022.
18. Book Review | Published in the Governance Now, 16 September, 2022.
19. Book Review | Published in the Sage Journals, 28 August 2022.
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