Modi and the Camera: The Politics of Television in the 2002 Gujarat Riots

  title={Modi and the Camera: The Politics of Television in the 2002 Gujarat Riots},
  author={Nalin Mehta},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  pages={395 - 414}
  • Nalin Mehta
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Political Science
  • South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Abstract The Gujarat Hindu–Muslim clashes of 2002 were the first major Indian riots of the 24-hour television age—and television became central to the politics of the violence. This paper examines the role of television in the shaping of the riots and its impact on the subsequent election campaign in Gujarat. It seeks, thereby, to demonstrate the change in Indian politics brought about by the advent of satellite television. It will show how the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) skilfully used… 

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