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Why Western media continues to perpetuate negative stereotypes of India

Dr Prakash Shah has written an op-ed on about how India is reported in Western media.

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On 5 January 2023, the Times Higher Education published an article looking at sexual misconduct in Indian higher education. However, whilst he agrees it draws attention to a legitamite problem, Dr Shah takes issue with the way in which she contextualises the problem and misrepresents sources and their significance. He argues this exemplifies a certain attitude which has the potential to cause damage to people.

In his piece, Dr Shah says: "the article feeds India’s negative reputation by using misleading descriptions of the situation of women. In other words, far from describing the actual social context, it misrepresents the situations it purports to describe and thus contributes negatively to India’s international reputation."

Read the full article on Firstpost.

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  • Dr Prakash Shah is Reader in Culture and Law at Queen Mary University of London



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