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American Ethnologist

Neoliberalism and the rewriting of the Indian leader

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Dr. Ursula Rao
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology
School of Social Sciences and International Studies
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
u.rao@unsw.edu.au

ABSTRACT

In this article, I discuss recent changes in Indian leadership images. In a commercialized press, political journalists have adopted new writing styles that turn former political heroes into ambiguous human beings. This development is fueled by a neoliberal restructuring that has fundamentally altered journalists’ professional environment. By viewing press activity through the lens of a major ideological shift, I seek to contribute to an emerging debate about neoliberal practices. I contend that current transitions within the Indian press are not a smooth sail into a new ideological realm but a contradictory practice of personal empowerment through selective reflexivity.

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