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Politics and Media
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In explaining how religious riots had taken place in Calcutta in 1924, the sociologist R.D. Lambert once wrote, “To put it briefly, in Calcutta, rumor has a printing press” (Lambert, 1951, 98). Communication set up through print and literacy did not always create a virtuous circle of increasing rationality…

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Rajagopal, Arvind, “Politics and Media”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 02 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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