ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Two Tyrants in the Age of Television

The politics of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi analysed through two recent speeches to the highest bodies of their respective parties.

Election speeches in India are usually subject to token analysis at best. But as television-driven and personality-centred campaigns become more important, such speeches offer insights into the ways in which media and politics are increasingly internal to each other.

Thanks to YouTube, one can watch Rahul Gandhi’s address to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on 17 January, as well as Narendra Modi’s speech at the meeting of the national council of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 19 January, two days afterwards. But, first, some general reflections.

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