In the decades following India's opening to foreign capital, the city of Bangalore emerged, quite unexpectedly, as the outsourcing hub for the global technology industry and the aspirational global city of liberalizing India. Through an ethnography of English and Kannada print news media in Bangalore, this ambitious and innovative new study reveals how the expanding private news culture played a critical role in shaping urban transformation in India, when the allegedly public profession of journalism became both an object and agent of global urbanization. Building on extensive fieldwork carried out with the Times of India group, the largest media house in India, between 2008 and 2012, Sahana Udupa argues that the class project of the 'global city' news discourse came into striking conflict with the cultural logics of regional language and caste practices. Advancing new theoretical concepts, Making News in Global India takes arguments in media scholarship beyond the dichotomy of public good and private accumulation.
Sahana Udupa is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany. Her research interests have evolved around anthropological explorations of news media, global urbanization, social media, and transnational religious politics. She has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Annenberg School of Communication (University of Pennsylvania), the Max Planck Society (Germany), and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (India). Her research is published in premier academic journals including American Ethnologist and Media, Culture and Society. She is actively involved in international academic collaborations across India, Europe and North America. She carries with her several years of experience working as a bilingual journalist in India, and her enduring relations with the journalistic community.
Introduction: the twin mediations; 1. Regimes of desire; 2. Democracy by default; 3. The difference machine: market and field logics of news production; 4. Kannada Jagate: sounds and silences of the Bhasha media; 5. 'Journalists are pimps': a triangulated axis of caste, language and politics; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.