Changing with the times of India (Bangalore): Remaking a post-political media field

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

South Asian History and Culture, Taylor and Francis, Volume 3, Number 4, p.491–510 (2012)

URL:

http://eprints.nias.res.in/389/

Keywords:

neoliberalism, news media, the new middle class, urban politics

Abstract:

This article examines the changing relationship between the elite English-language press and its interface with urban politics in India?s best known high-tech centre, Bangalore. Print journalism remains a core feature of India?s growing multi-media news field, and this article critically analyses the profound changes in the political role of news in the last two decades. The changing relationship between the dominant news media and the state in the context of the rapid expansion of private news channels reveals the ascendance of what we elaborate in this article as neoliberal newspeak, following transnational trends. We conclude by considering the ways in which contestations over the growing and visible inequalities of a city like Bangalore in the last decade ? including the fissures inside the dominant English news media ? signal the potential to disrupt the coherence of the definitional power of neoliberal newspeak.