This book is a compendium of seminar papers, during a two-day National Seminar on “Mass Media and National Integration: Freedom and Responsibility” on February 8th-9th 2018, organized by the Department of Mass Communication, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India. The seminar has highlighted that the significance of media in educating and uniting the people is indubitable in this era of globalization. While the Indian media enjoy the utmost freedom of speech and expression through constitutional protection, there is a need to exercise such freedom with a sense of responsibility. Media needs to be positive and supportive in promoting unity in diversity as well as harmonious relations and friendly understanding among the communities for national integration and development.
The book incorporates thirty-seven chapters under the sub-themes Freedom of Press: Constitutional References, Representatives, Democracy and Media, Diversity, Integration and Media, Digital Media, Social Media and issues of national integration and unity, Mass Media and voice of people: marginalized sections of the democracy, Media and National Security, Film and National Integration, National Integration: common identity amongst the citizens (with special reference to North East India).
Many academicians, research scholars and media professionals all over India have contributed to this book. The prime focus of the book is to shed light on various dimensions of mass media towards integrating the society and the nation as a whole to find a conclusive line that can be helpful for all researchers, scholars, old and new media learners, planners and policy makers in formulating varied media policies and programmes.