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Politics after Vernacularisation: Hindi Media and Indian Democracy

The resurgence of Hindi newspapers has made it difficult for English newspapers to continue their dominance over social, cultural and political spheres in postcolonial India. It has also widened the political and cultural space available for the hitherto marginalised groups who could not participate in the national public sphere dominated by a certain mode of discourse and the English-speaking "national" elite. Hindi media has played a vital role in creating an alternative public discourse which has definitely changed conditions, if not by displacing the extant public sphere, then by putting regional issues on par with national issues.

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Politics after Vernacularisation: Hindi Media and Indian Democracy

Taberez Ahmed Neyazi

The resurgence of Hindi newspapers has made it difficult for English newspapers to continue their dominance over social, cultural and political spheres in postcolonial India. It has also widened the political and cultural space available for the hitherto marginalised groups who could not participate in the national public sphere dominated by a certain mode of discourse and the English-speaking “national” elite. Hindi media has played a vital role in creating an alternative public discourse which has definitely changed conditions, if not by displacing the extant public sphere, then by putting regional issues on par with national issues.

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