I am Assistant Professor of Political Communication and New Media & Director of Digital Campaign Asia Project in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS). I am also a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community. My research focuses on political communication and public opinion; computational social science; digital, mobile and social media; communication theory; political Islam; and public policy with a geographical focus on India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Asia Pacific. I serve on several advisory boards including New Public, which aims to build more flourishing, public-friendly digital spaces. I also serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Press/Politics, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, and have been elected as International Liaison for the ICA Political Communication Division.
This book provides a revisionist perspective to understand the role of Hindi news media in India’s democratic transformation, defined here as mobilization for electoral politics and civil society activism. Moving beyond the existing works, which largely treat the Indian media as a singular entity, the book brings out its diversity and complexity to grasp the changing dynamics of political communication that is shaped by the interactions between the news media, political parties and the numerous publics. By using multi-methods approach including newsroom observation, in-depth interviews and content analysis, my findings show ethnic, religious and sectarian diversity impacts media markets/systems, political campaigning, protest movements and grassroots mobilization in the world’s largest democracy. I provide insights into how print, television and digital media are conjoined and are working together, rather than in isolation to unravel the complexities of the emerging hybrid media environment and the future of political mobilization in India. Click here to read more
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I am the author of the most widely reviewed book Political Communication and Mobilisation: The Hindi Media in India (Cambridge University Press, 2018). The larger arguments contained in my book have been commended by leading media scholars such as Shakuntala Rao (State University of New York, Plattsburgh) and Robin Jeffrey (La Trobe University) as follows:
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