Book title: The Role of Media in Promoting Regional Understanding in South Asia
Author(s): Priyanka Singh (Ed.)
ISBN: 9788182748682
Publication Year: 2016
Binding: HB
Pages: 288
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About the Book:

This book collates a wide spectrum of views across South Asia, including Myanmar, and debates the role of media in forging regional understanding and goodwill. The media`s role in South Asia is essentially conceived as state-centric, adhering to the standard templates of nationalism. This inherent tendency has, at times, cost neutral and balanced coverage of events and issues. The contributors to this volume acknowledge the potential of the  media as an institution which could/should, in addition to its routine reportage, focus on regional issues of common interest and promote regional understanding.

The book consists of 16 chapters attempted by scholars from all SAARC countries including Myanmar. They focus on a range of issues relating to media—ownership, impact of social media, media narrative, nationalist bias, state control, envelope-journalism, threat from non-state actors, and a host of other such issues. There is a consensus that the media has vastly enhanced its capability to mould and shape public perception and opinion with the revolution in communication technology in recent decades. They strongly endorse the view that the media should play its due role in promoting regional understanding and cooperation.



About the Author:

Priyanka Singh is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. She joined IDSA in 2007 and is associated with the South Asia Centre. She is also part of the project team on Pakistan. She holds an Honours degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi and a Ph.D. from University of Lucknow. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled: “Indo-US Relations in the Last Decade - 1990-2000: Shifting Paradigms”. Her broader research interests include: Indo-US relations and US engagement in Pakistan; Cross Line of Control Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan. She has travelled extensively across the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

She is the co-editor of Proliferation and  Emerging Nuclear Order in the Twenty First Century (Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2009) and Saving Afghanistan (Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2009). She is the author of a monograph titled Gilgit Baltistan: Between Hope and Despair. During June-August 2009, she undertook a postgraduate course in Peace Research at the University of Oslo conducted by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). Her select publications include: American Strategy in Afghanistan: Dilemmas, Miscalculations and Outcomes, Strategic Analysis 38 (3) May/June 2014; Whither Aid? Future of US Assistance to Pakistan, Journal of Defence Studies, 5 (4) October 2011; Army:  The Be-All or End-All of Pakistan Politics?, Strategic Analysis, 39 (3) May/ June 2015. 



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