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Community Radio and Empowerment

Community radio is supposed to empower the marginalised and give them a voice. Given the lack of objective outputs by which to measure the outcome, it is necessary to look at the subjective aspects of its impact. A study of short-lived community radio project in West Bengal illustrates how it became so central to the self-representation of the people and how it managed to overcome the divide between the programme and the listener.

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Community Radio             objectives behind the broadcast venture. The erstwhile vice chancellor of Kalyani
and Empowerment             University, Nityananda Saha and his successor Alok Banerjee were the prime
              movers behind the endeavour. The objective
              was to engage the students, affiliated with
Bonita Aleaz             the department of mass communications,

Community radio is supposed to empower the marginalised and give them a voice. Given the lack of objective outputs by which to measure the outcome, it is necessary to look at the subjective aspects of its impact. A study of short-lived community radio project in West Bengal illustrates how it became so central to the self-representation of the people and how it managed to overcome the divide between the programme and the listener.

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