The Centre for Asian Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Edith Cowan University.
Place of Publication
Perth, Western Australia
Centre for Asian Communication, Media Studies and Cultural Studies
India represents an example of immense complexity and diversity in cultural production and communications. Broadcasting, film, newspaper, magazine, and musical production have been characterised by regional and linguistic diversity, with non-Hindi and non-English media in the private sphere especially showing signs of remarkable growth over the last decade or more (Jeffrey 1993). While the basic role of the state and state regulatory framework was established under British colonial rule, it has undergone substantial modification in the post-colonial period. In concert with many countries in the 'third world', private rather than state cultural and media production has become increasingly dominant to the extent that it challenges - strong central interventionist powers notwithstanding, both state production and regulatory frameworks.