Media and Nation Building in 20th Century India: Life and Times of Ramananda Chatterjee, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Media and Nation Building in 20th Century India

Life and Times of Ramananda Chatterjee, 1st Edition

By Kalyan Chatterjee

Routledge India

180 pages

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Description

This book profiles twentieth-century India through the life and times of Ramananda Chatterjee — journalist, influencer, nationalist. Through a reconstruction of his history, the book highlights the oft-forgotten role of media in the making of the idea of India.

It shows how early twentieth century colonial India was a curious melee of ideas and people -- a time of rising nationalism, as well as an influx of Western ideas, of unprecedented violence and compelling non-violence, of press censorship and defiant journalism. It shows how Ramananda Chatterjee navigated this world and went beyond the traditional definition of the nation as an entity with fixed boundaries to anticipate Benedict Anderson and Ernest Gellner.

The volume also examines the wide reach and scope of his journals in English, Hindi and Bengali, which published the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Bose, Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Ananda Coomaraswamy, the scientist J.C. Bose as well as Zhu Deh the co-founder of the Chinese Red Army. He also published India in Bondage by the American Unitarian minister J. T. Sunderland, which resulted in his arrest.

An intriguing behind-the-scenes look of early twentieth century colonial India, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of history, modern South Asia, and media and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Ramananda Chatterjee and the Nation 3. Ramananda: The Man 4. Ramananda: His Journals 5. Ramananda: His Journals 6. Ramananda and the Left 7. The Scientific Spirit 8. The Nation and Its Constitution 9. Ramananda’s Contemporary Relevance

About the Author

Kalyan Chatterjee is Professor at Amity School of Communication, Amity University, India. He has worked as a journalist for over two decades, first at United News of India news agency and then at The Deccan Herald newspaper, covering politics and government. He was awarded the KK Birla Fellowship in 1996, and has been teaching mass communication since 2002.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
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HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
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HISTORY / Social History
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies