Primetime Nationalism: Analysing Monologues on India’s Republic TV and Times Now During Indo-China Border Conflict

Anilesh Kumar*

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Abstract

Several studies exploring the sociology of news have identified and established a range of factors that influence journalism and shape media narratives. However, little has been known regarding the narrative construction in the English language broadcast media in India. Therefore, this study investigated the relationship between (re)emerging right-wing nationalism and English language television journalism in India. A qualitative thematic discourse analysis was conducted on the monologues on Republic TV and Times Now’s primetime debates during the India–China border conflict, 2020. The study reports a major shift in the nature of TV journalism in India: far from being passive observers of right-wing nationalist ideology in the 1990s, TV journalists in contemporary India are acting as active participants in propagating them. The study complements existing works on sociology of news by demonstrating how journalism is shaped by dominant political sentiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1518-1538
Number of pages21
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume24
Issue number12
Early online date6 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Conflict
  • India–China
  • discourse
  • journalism
  • monologue
  • nationalism

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