Telly-Guillotined: How Television Changed India


Author: Amrita Shah

9789353286057 | PB | pp. 304 | 2019 | SAGE Select, YODA Press

This books explores the impact that liberalization and commercialization of Indian Television has had on India.

Ships in 2-4 days

Out of stock

Spread the love


Fist-fights in television studios, dwindling media autonomy, sensationalism, fake news, religious hate, abusive trolls, political spin … How did we get here? Three decades ago, before economic liberalization, came the expansion and privatization of Indian television. Technological innovation and easing of government controls offered the prospect of journalistic independence, artistic creativity and an empowered citizenry. This was rendered illusory by runaway growth and untrammelled commercialization. In that thwarted promise of the late 20th century lie the seeds of Indian democracy’s current crisis. Telly-Guillotined: How Television Changed India tells the story of how technology was usurped, first by propagandists, then by the market. Going behind the scenes of the world’s greatest media explosion, this book describes the impact of consumerism on the newsroom, the shaping of a new cultural politics and the rise of a new politics of seduction. In a landscape of technological innovation, blurred boundaries and sensory overload, Amrita Shah paints a picture of the Fourth Estate’s challenging future.

Additional information


Amrita Shah







Year of Publishing:



SAGE Select, YODA Press





Country of Origin:


About the Author

Amrita Shah is the author of the award-winning book Ahmedabad: A City in the World (2015) and a biography Vikram Sarabhai: A Life (2007). She has been a journalist and a writer for several decades. She has worked for Time magazine, edited features magazines Debonair and Elle and has been a contributing editor with The Indian Express. Ms Shah has received fellowships from the New India Foundation, the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council and the Fulbright Program. She is an alumna of the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University and has been Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.


This book will be shipped in 2 days’ time. The time taken for you to receive the book after it is shipped will depend upon the mode you choose, while completing your purchase. The rates applicable for each mode are different.

You will be informed after the order is shipped.

Shipping costs depend on the mode chosen, the weight of the item, and the distance it will travel to reach its destination. Shipping costs will be charged depending on the weight of the entire purchase (if more than one item is purchased). The same shipping mode will apply to all products in such a case.

Join Waitlist We will inform you when the product arrives in stock. Please leave your valid email address below.