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This book is an excellent read, provides a mine of information, and offers a balanced perspective on the joys and travails of community radio in India.
The book is an eloquent effort to uphold the right of citizens to be active in spheres of life relevant to daily living and to exercise their right to communicate. Five valuable appendices on community Radio and a detailed bibliography make the book very useful for all students of democracy, those interested in media and its healthy development in India.
The authors have conducted extensive research, met with the practitioners of various alternative media experiments, including narrowcasting and used the last seven years to put together an excellent research and analysis of the community radio movement in India…..This Valuable book is a must read for all those interested in media for the marginalised communities and the impact on grassroots development in India.
Pavarala and Malik have spent more than six years researching the developments in this regard and have done a good job of locating the growth and development of community radio in India in the context of globalisation of the media and emergence of new technologies. The book also includes a comparative analysis of the broadcasting policy frameworks in countries such as the US, Australia, Ireland and South Africa to illustrate the lessons they hold for the vibrant functioning of community radio in India