|India pursues communication rights|
|Written by Philip Lee|
|Tuesday, 05 July 2011 13:33|
Negotiating Communication Rights: Case Studies from India written by Pradip Ninan Thomas has appeared from the publishers Sage (June 2011).
Communication Rights is a key issue in contemporary societies, especially in a country like India, which faces major communication deficits. Negotiating Communication Rights explores some of the most important aspects of communication rights movements in India.
Beginning with the theoretical aspects of communication rights, the book deals with five case studies related to significant movements of our times, namely, the Right to Information, Free and Open Source Software, Women and Media, Community Radio, and Citizen Journalism. It also analyses the complexity of specific rights issues in India, such as women's rights, citizen activism and the role of media.
The book explores the processes through which ordinary citizens have developed spaces for self-expression-a concept synonymous with media democratisation. The author argues for the need for streamlining of communication rights movements in India and for an India-specific framework for communication rights.
Part 1 covers theory: A Brief History of Communication Rights; A Philosophy of Communication Rights; Observations on the Theorising of Communication Rights in India; The Communication Rights of Refugees and Displaced People.
Part 2 includes case studies in India: The Right to Information Movement; The Community Radio Movement; The Women and Media Movement; The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Movement; The Citizen Journalism Movement. A Postscript explores the Operationalisation of Communication Rights in India Today.
Written by one of the foremost experts on communication rights and participatory communication for developmnent, this book advances the cause of communication rights at the national and local level, detailing the crucial role played by communication in pursuing social justice for all.