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Mediated Nationalisms and ‘Islamic Terror’: The Articulation of Religious and Postcolonial Secular Nationalisms in India

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Srinivas Lankala

Department of Communication University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Drawing on Mahmood Mamdani’s analysis of the ‘good Muslim-bad Muslim’ dichotomy within American political and cultural discourse, this article analyses Hindu nationalists’ violent campaigns against India’s Muslim minority through a discussion of the reportage of two significant instances of this violence in Indian English-language newspapers. To explain the contradictory responses of the Indian press to these instances, the article argues that the prevalent liberal consensus of Indian nationalism, of which the press is a part, is responsible for the ambiguity that characterises mainstream responses to majoritarian violence against Muslims.
How to Cite: Lankala, S., (2006). Mediated Nationalisms and ‘Islamic Terror’: The Articulation of Religious and Postcolonial Secular Nationalisms in India. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 3(2), pp.86–102. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.32
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Published on 01 Jun 2006.
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