The 24-hour news cycle and vastly expanded media space in India, with multiple regional and national newspapers, and a plethora of television channels and news websites has increased the impact of the media in everyday life. The media helps shape public opinion, and since most governments and the political leadership seek public approval, it creates the impression of a highly influential media.
Anyone watching prime time television debates in India would be led to believe that the media has a considerable influence on government policies, including its foreign policy.
This book explores the links between the media, diplomacy and foreign policy. It examines the interface between the media and the foreign policy establishment in India and its influence, if any, on foreign policy and its implementation.
Shubha Singh is a columnist and author. She has worked with two leading Indian newspapers. She has travelled widely and has been writing a weekly column on foreign affairs for more than two decades; the column has appeared in English, Hindi and Telugu language newspapers. She was awarded the Chameli Devi Jain Award for the best woman journalist for her “perceptive and analytical writing on foreign affairs.” She has a special interest in the Indian Diaspora and has written three books on the subject titled - Fiji: A Precarious Coalition, Overseas Indians: The Global Family, and Journeys of Discovery: Ancestral Searches in India. She has also co-edited a book of essays by award-winning women journalists titled Making News, Breaking News, Her Own Way.
Setting the Agenda
Priming and Framing the Story
The CNN Effect
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Links between Media and Foreign Policy
Media as Participant
Growth of Indian Media
Television, Social and Digital Media
The Indian Media Experience
Indian Media and Foreign Policy
Hijack to Kandahar
Diplomacy in the Time of Television
Face to Face Along the Border
Sharm al Sheikh Statement
Media’s Peace Initiative
Television Sets the Agenda
Information Deficit in India-China Ties
India-China Border Issue
Neighbours and Rivals
Politics, Media and Neighbours: Nepal
Indo-US Nuclear Co-operation
Studio Debates on Indian Television
India-Pakistan Bilateral Dialogue