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Professor Vinod Pavarala is UNESCO Chair on Community Media at
University of Hyderabad. For over a decade, he has been one of the leading
campaigners for democratization of airwaves in India and has played a
significant role in drafting the national policy permitting community
radio a space on the radio dial in the country.
As founder-President of the Community Radio Forum of India, he plays
an active role in civil society’s engagements with forging alternative
media spaces for the marginalized, mostly rural, communities in India. H
is much-reviewed book, co-authored with Kanchan K. Malik,
Other Voices: the struggle for community radio in India (Sage, 2007)
documents community-based efforts across India to carve out an alternative
Prof. Pavarala has dual masters in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D
from University of Pittsburgh. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh,
Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), and IIT-Bombay, before joining
University of Hyderabad in 1995. He was a Visiting Fellow at
Princeton University in 1998-99, and had the honor of being invited by the
International Communication Association to speak at a special plenary on
communication research and policy at its annual meeting in Boston in May 2011.
At the University of Hyderabad, he has served as Head,
Department of Communication, Dean,
Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, and Director, International Affairs.
He serves on the Boards of Studies of several universities and is on national
level committees on media education.
Vinod Pavarala was on the panel at
Media, Culture, Voice
at Northumbria University in July 2013.
Books by Vinod Pavarala
Other Voices: The Struggle for Community Radio in India
This book is a significant study of an emerging alternative media scene in India in
the larger context of the globalization of mass communication. It explores community
radio in India. When the trend globally is toward mergers, acquisitions, and
concentration of ownership in fewer and fewer corporate hands, civil society
organizations all over the world have been promoting such alternative, community-owned
This study investigates the ideologies and communication practices of various
community-based organizations that have been using community radio as a means for
empowerment at the grassroots. Adopting the case-study method, the authors do an
in-depth analysis of four community radio projects in India-Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Gujarat and Jharkhand.
This book provides documentation of best practices in community broadcasting, and
also appropriate frameworks for policy-making as it includes a comparative study of
the policies related to community radio in liberal, democratic countries and a
comprehensive assessment of the history of Indian policy-making in broadcasting.
Interpreting Corruption: Elite Perspectives in India by Vinod Pavarala
This study investigates the problem of corruption from a social constructivist
perspective in which strategic elites in society define the problem and negotiate
solutions to it. Using a framework of discourse, the construction of corruption
among five elite groups - bureaucrats, judges, politicians, industrialists and
journalists - is examined using a wide range of data sources, including interviews
with these elites, newspaper accounts, official records of an anti-corruption agency,
legal documents and manifestos of political parties. The study also analyzes the
politics of efforts to combat corruption and the resulting policy recommendations.
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