In my monograph, Political Communication and Mobilisation: The Hindi Media in India, (Cambridge University Press, 2018), I provide 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.
The book has already been widely and favorably reviewed in eleven academic journals, including the Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press-Politics and Journal of Asian Studies. The notion of hybrid media environment, which I have developed in this book in the context of Asia, (drawing upon the work of Andrew Chadwick’s, The Hybrid Media System, Oxford: Oxford University Press) could be a useful framework to study the emerging media environment, not only in India, but in the global South, where the resilience of traditional media continues, despite the rise of new digital media. The larger arguments contained in my book have been commended by leading media scholars, historian and political scientist such as Shakuntala Rao (State University of New York, Plattsburgh), Robin Jeffrey (La Trobe University), Charu Gupta (University of Delhi) and Sumit Ganguly (Indiana University Bloomington) as follows:
Shakuntala Rao, Journal of Communication: “Neyazi’s book stands out among the lot and exemplifies the many reasons for studying Hindi media, digital culture, and political communication…. This is a riveting read for those interested in learning about India’s political communication, grassroots social movements, and media-driven democratic public sphere.”
Robin Jeffrey, The Book Review: “Taberez Neyazi’s new book is a welcome addition to the literature on India’s rapidly changing world of media by one of its most enterprising scholars of communication.”
Charu Gupta, The Wire: “The broad conceptualisations of the book deserve appreciation as the author explicitly situates himself in diverse theoretical debates around the entanglements between media and politics. Neyazi also provides rich empirical and ethnographic data.”
Sumit Ganguly, The Journal of Asian Studies: “Neyazi’s book not only demonstrates a supple grasp of the material, but also delivers a cogent study of a largely neglected subject.”
Taberez A. Neyazi, Akio Tanabe and Shinya Ishizaka. eds. (2014). Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India. London: Routledge.
Taberez A. Neyazi, Aaron Yi Kai Ng, Ozan Kuru and Burhanuddin Muhtadi. (2022). “Who Gets Exposed to Political Misinformation in a Hybrid Media Environment? The Case of the 2019 Indonesian Election.” Social Media and Society, pp-1-14, https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051221122792
Ng Wei Ting Sheryl and Taberez A. Neyazi (2023). “Self and Social Corrections on Instant Messaging Platforms”, International Journal of Communication, (17): 426–466, https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/19142/4005
Taberez A. Neyazi and Ozan Kuru. (2022).“Motivated Mobilization: The Role of Emotions in the Processing of Poll Messages.” International Journal of Press/Politics, online first https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/19401612221086907
Taberez A. Neyazi, Burhanuddin Muhtadi & Sourabh Bikas Paul. (2022). “Political Trust, Democratic Satisfaction and Partisanship: Explaining Leadership Approval in Indonesia in Times of Economic Hardship during the COVID-19 Crisis.” Asian Survey, 62(4): pp.600–627, doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2022.1651118
Annisa Beta and Taberez A. Neyazi. (2022). “Celebrity Politicians, Digital Campaigns, and Performances of Political Legitimacy in Indonesia’s 2019 Elections.” International Journal of Communication. (16): 331–355. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/16575
Taberez A. Neyazi, Antonis Kalogeropoulos & Rasmus K. Nielsen. (2021). Misinformation Concerns and Online News Participation among Internet Users in India. Social Media and Society, pp. 1-10, doi:10.1177/20563051211009013
Taberez A. Neyazi and Ralph Schroeder. (2021). Was the 2019 Indian election won by digital media?. The Communication Review 24(2): 87-106 doi:10.1080/10714421.2021.1933311
Taberez A. Neyazi and Burhanuddin Muhtadi. (2021). Selective Belief: How Partisanship Drives Belief in Misinformation. International Journal of Communication, Special Issue on “Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation”, edited by Hyunjin Seo & Robert Faris, (15): 1286–1308. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/15477
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2020). “Digital Propaganda, Political Bots and Polarized Politics in India”, Asian Journal of Communication 30(1): 39-57, doi:10.1080/01292986.2019.1699938
Weiyu Zhang and Taberez A. Neyazi. (2020). “Communication and Technology Theories from the South: The Cases of China and India”, Annals of the International Communication Association 44(1):34-49, doi:10.1080/23808985.2019.1667852
Taberez A. Neyazi, Anup Kumar & Mohan Dutta. (2019). “Channel Complementarity or Displacement? Theory and Evidence from a non-Western Election Context.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 63 (4): 656-676, doi:10.1080/08838151.2019.1689072
Taberez A. Neyazi, Anup Kumar & Holli A. Semetko. (2016). “Campaigns, Digital Media and Mobilization in India.” International Journal of Press/Politics 21(3): 398-416, doi:10.1177/1940161216645336
John Downey and Taberez A. Neyazi. (2014). “Complementary and Competitive Logics of Mediatization: Political, Commercial and Professional Logics in Indian Media.” International Journal of Press/Politics 19 (4): 476-495, doi:10.1177/1940161214545809
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2014). “Media, Mediation and the Vernacular Public Arena.”Media International Australia, Special issue on Public Spheres and the Media in India, 152: 179-187, doi:10.1177/1329878X1415200118
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2011). “Politics after Vernacularisation: Hindi Media and Indian Democracy.” Economic and Political Weekly, special article 46 (10): 75-82.
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2010). “Cultural Imperialism or Vernacular Modernity? Hindi Newspapers in a Globalizing India.” Media, Culture and Society 26 (6): 907-924, doi:10.1177/0163443710379664
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2007). “State, Citizenship and Religious Community: The Case of Indian Muslim Women.” Asian Journal of Political Science 15 (3): 303-318, doi:10.1080/02185370701731044
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2023). “The Indian News Media After Modi.” In Revisiting the State of India’s’ Democracy, edited by Sumit Ganguly, Dinsha Mistree and Larry Diamond. Michigan University Press (Forthcoming).
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2019). “The Politics of the Social Media.” In Re–forming India: The Nation Today, ed. Niraja Jayal (524–536). Delhi: Penguin Viking.
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2019). “Internet Vernacularization, Mobilization and Journalism.” In Indian Journalism in a New Era: Changes, Challenges, and Perspectives, ed. Shakuntala Rao (pp. 95–114). Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2017). “Media Politics in South Asia.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/OBO/9780199756223-0213
Holli A. Semetko, Taberez A. Neyazi & Anup Kumar . (2015). “Framing the Campaign: The 2013 Delhi Assembly Campaign and its Impact on Perceptions of the 2014 Lok Sabha Election.” In India Election 2014: First Reflections. ed. Einar Thorsen and Chindu Sreedharan (pp. 61–85). Bournemouth: the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University.
Taberez A. Neyazi, Sanchita Chakraborty & Tripti Chandra. (2015). “The Election Campaign in the Hindi News Media: Issues, Rhetoric and Leadership.”InIndia Election 2014: First Reflections, ed. Einar Thorsen and Chindu Sreedharan (pp. 191–203). Bournemouth: the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University.
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2014). “News Media and Political Participation: Re-evaluating Democratic Deepening in India.” In Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India, ed. Taberez A. Neyazi, Akio Tanabe and Shinya Ishizaka (pp. 76–94). London: Routledge.
Taberez A. Neyazi & Akio Tanabe. (2014). “Introduction: Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India.” In Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India, ed. Taberez A. Neyazi, Akio Tanabe and Shinya Ishizaka (pp. 1–25). London: Routledge.
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2014). “Darul Uloom Deoband’s Approach on Social Issues in India: Image, Reality and Perception.” In Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life, ed. Robin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen (pp.181–200). Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Silvia Majó-Vázquez, Subhayan Mukerjee, Taberez A. Neyazi & Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. (2019). “Online Audience Engagement with Legacy and Digital-Born News Media in the 2019 Indian Elections”. Published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Zeenab Aneez, Taberez A. Neyazi, Antonis Kalogeropoulos & Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. (2019). “Reuters Institute India Digital News Report”. Published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Taberez A. Neyazi. (2017). “Social Media and Political Polarisation in India”. Seminar, 699 November, 31–35.