By Chandrika Kaul
Presenting a communicational point of view at the British empire in India throughout the twentieth century, the publication seeks to ascertain how, and clarify why, British proconsuls, civil servants or even the monarch George V, in addition to Indian nationalists, interacted with the media, essentially British and American, and with what consequences.
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Fraser had longstanding experience in India, having previously edited the pre-eminent Anglo-Indian newspaper, the Times of India, during Curzon’s Viceroyalty. 8 Edward William Macleay Grigg was head of the paper’s Colonial Department and later entered politics, becoming an MP and then Governor of Kenya, and he received the peerage as the ﬁrst Baron Altrincham. 9 These specialists complemented the newspaper’s impressive network of local reporters headed by the editor of the Times of India, Stanley Reed, supplemented by Reuters despatches.
54 Though increasingly enthused about the idea of a Durbar and the granting of imaginative ‘boons’,55 he continued to be reluctant to address this issue, reiterating in February 1911: ‘Feeling about the partition has almost entirely disappeared, and in a year or two nobody will think of it. What we want is quiet, and any tinkering Coronation, Colonialism and Cultures of Control 31 with what was done six or seven years ago would raise a terrible storm. ’56 Yet, as the year progressed and Hardinge was able to gauge the mood of the agitation outside his ofﬁce windows and through meetings with moderate nationalists like Surendranath Banerjea and Gopal Krishna Gokhale, as well as in consultation with his Council, he became convinced that the key to re-establishing political harmony lay in a reversal of Curzon’s Partition and the territorial readjustment of administrative boundaries with the creation of new provinces.
Is more reluctant to criticise the Congress than it used to be. ’62 The Statesman became the last newspaper to be retained in British ownership after Independence; the Times of India, whilst displaying Bennett Coleman as the publisher on its masthead, completed its transfer to the industrialist Ramkrishna Dalmia by early 1948, though Low continued to hold the editorial reins. 2 Coronation, Colonialism and Cultures of Control: The Delhi Durbar, 1911 Introduction; The Journalism Paradigm; The Imperial Paradigm; Imperial Media Event; Conceptualising the Coronation Durbar; Communications & the Coronation Experience; Press Coverage Prior to the Durbar; Gateway of India; Delhi & the Sovereign; The Times Coverage; Resonances & Impact; Concluding Remarks The journalist, the news-writer, and the stately historian have had, and will have, much to say of the Imperial Durbar at Delhi, when for the ﬁrst time since the days of Aurangzeb a real Badshah has been seen to ride coram publico, for all who willed to gaze on.
Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience: Britain and India in the Twentieth Century by Chandrika Kaul