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
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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