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By Chandrika Kaul

Presenting a communicational standpoint at the British empire in India in the course of the twentieth century, the e-book 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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51 The changing press landscape within India also revealed the competitive nature of the market wherein strategies for commercial survival combined with committed, non-racist British journalists meant that press support needed to be actively cultivated on a regular basis and could no longer be taken for granted. Thus despite the exigencies of war, Ian Stephens, editor of the Statesman, when asked in 1943 to produce a pro-government propaganda paper using its facilities, declined to do so, arguing that ‘The Statesman is an independent paper, jealous of its position as such since, being British-owned, it is open to taunts from nationalist rivals that it constitutes a limb of Government.

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. Reed succeeded Fraser to the editorship and with a reputation for fair play was considered amongst the shrewdest minds in Indian journalism.

36 28 Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience A perusal of George V’s diaries and correspondence makes apparent that the idea of returning to India as the monarch appeared to him a natural progression. 43 The sheer novelty of the situation created its own pressures – there were no blueprints to work with since no ruling British monarch had ever visited the subcontinent, let alone been crowned there. Could the King be crowned twice? Could the British crown journey across the oceans or would a new one need to be manufactured?

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