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Modernity with a Brand

The takeover of NDTV by the Adani Group points to the lack of regulatory mechanisms regarding media ownership in India. It illustrates that Indian media is rapidly heading towards media concentration. The takeover is a disconcerting marker of the growing infl uence of top business conglomerates on news media for their commercial gains and to serve their political patrons. Equally problematic are the trends of news, media organisations, and journalists turning into brands in the open market. These developments have posed a serious threat to the freedom of speech, a basic feature of modern democracy. Bhupen

They Who Know Not What The Media Is

Many in India are lamenting the hostile takeover of NDTV by the Adani Group. At one level, this is a desperate attempt to silence the voices that stand out as independent in today’s increasingly controlled media space. But what really will be gained by one more channel singing the official tune? It, of course, controls criticism of the government, but it will also signal that the future of the media may not be in large enterprises that give in or get taken down rather easily.

 

​​​​​​​A Medium of Dissent

The song Jingostan employs sarcasm as a tool for critical inquiry but stops short of leveraging its potential for a political statement.

India: A Plurality of Voices in Conversation and Contestation

Only after the third reading of this slim book Voices of Dissent: An Essay did its full significance become apparent to me.

Unwrapping an Uprising that hastened Indian Independence

The article looks at the three approaches to understanding the narrative of the 1946 Royal Indian Navy Uprising. One is the idea of a planned conspiracy to overthrow the imperialists by the communists. The second is that of a revolutionary upsurge by young firebrands inspired by the Indian National Army of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The third is the overflowing angst from racial discrimination and mistreatment that broke the disciplined contours of a naval service into a strike. The author argues that the actual events in 1946 may have had a mix of these possibilities.

Learning to Dissent

Pedagogy of Dissent by Ramin Jahanbegloo, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2021; pp 108, `295.

Dissent in a Democracy: Political Imprisonment under the UAPA in India

This reading list explores the history, impact and implications of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Of Judicial Courage in Testing Times

With respect to the independence of the judiciary, there is a tendency to conflate the independence of the institution with that of the individual in the institution. An independent judiciary requires not only systems and norms designed to prevent interference but also individuals prepared to uphold such independence at great cost. One such individual was Justice Syed Mahmood who served in the Allahabad High Court during British Rule.

Making Sense of the Supreme Court Order on Sedition

The recent Supreme Court order on sedition ensures some relief but is incomplete.

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