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Nepali Nationalism and Media: A Critical Review

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of English, St. Xavier’s College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (2), Pages 68-71, February,14 (2015)


Media reports in Nepal are often replete with cautionary headlines about the looming danger of disintegration of the country. This is how mainstream media generally reacts to the assertion of the cultural identity by different marginalized ethnic communities. Nationalism is a tactical trump card played by the political elites to delegitimize the aspirations of the marginalized ethnic groups. Media has traditionally been an instrument of political elites to manufacture consent on dominant discourses by mass dissemination. There is no doubt media played a crucial role in shaping Nepali nationalism as we know it today. With the abolishment of monarchy in 2008, the political landscape in Nepal has radically changed so much so that Nepali nationalism and the media have unprecedentedly come under fire. The article aims to critically review the ills of Nepali nationalism and media.


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