Democracy, Elections and Print Media in India: At the Intersections of Fictionalised and Partisan Narratives

Gopalan Ravindran


Democracies are nourished and promoted by healthy and well informed relationships between the politicians, citizens and news media. The famous American Journalist of last century, Walter Lippmann theorised in his three books published during 1920s, the advantages of having informed publics and the disadvantages of having “phantom publics.” This paper employs the notions of Walter Lippmann to examine the contexts of fictionalised and partisan narratives in Tamil press during the 2016 Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu. This paper concludes that the members of the Tamil Press were working as “unregulated private enterprises” in promoting fictionalised and partisan narratives during the 2016 Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu to promote their political and casteist affiliations.

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