Re-scripting the nation in 'post truth' era: the Indian story

Maya Ranganathan*

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the ways in which new national narratives are sought to be constructed in ‘post-truth’ era–marked by what Harsin terms competing convictions, discord and confusion and attempts to manage the communication environment. New technologies and online spaces facilitate the ‘re-creation’ and ‘re-construction’ of the past and are co-opted in the nation building project. In the context of extensive studies on how the democratic potential of new technologies is subverted, this paper calls for specific attention to the ways in which (imprecise) history forms part of discursive nationalism in present times. Taking up India as a case study, the paper explores and evaluates the strategies employed in the rescripting of the national narrative potentially leading to new national memory.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAsian Ethnicity
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • digital technologies
  • idea of India
  • imprecise history
  • nation-building
  • national memory
  • national narrative
  • post-truth communication
  • rescripting the nation

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