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India Rising
First broadcast February 2007

Men watching television

This landmark series explores the what globalisation and a decade of economic reforms have done to India and the way that it sees itself.

George Arney has known India for 30 years. He compares the India he knew to the India that exists today. Is the rapid change beneficial, and if so, who has seen the benefits? How do the old and the new Indias reconcile with the other?

Part Three: TV Nation

India is an incredibly diverse country. There is a multiplicity of different cultures, custom and languages.

And yet, as Indian people watch the same kind of television shows, they are beginning to absorb the same kind of values. It permeates people's lives, and is one of the prime agents in spreading the new Indian culture.

New media is having an impact, too. The spread of knowledge that the internet can provide a way to chisel away at less desirable aspects of the status quo.

These programmes are part of a BBC World Service season, India Rising


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