A national seminar on “Democracy in Transition – Current Challenges to Media and Democracy” was held recently at the Christian College, Chengannur.
The opening speech was delivered by Stanly Johny, International Affairs Editor, The Hindu. Speaking on the theme “Rise of Global Populism and Decline of Democracy,” Mr. Johny deliberated on the idea of global populism as an expression of public anger against the establishment. He presented a historical perspective of the global far-right populist wave in the world’s most prominent democracies – the United States, the United Kingdom and India – and its tendencies to subvert democratic institutions.
A session on “Mythology, cinema and democracy: some critical encounters” was led by the famous film critic Blais Johnny. Anitta Shaji, Assistant Professor, Department of Malayalam, St George’s College, Aruvithura, led another session titled ‘Ask Him to Back Off…TV, Media and Gender Discrimination’. It was followed by a lecture on the theme “Capital Accumulation in the Media Industry and Homogenized Information Hegemony in Indian Democracy” by MP Shibu, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at NSS College Pandalam.
The seminar was organized by the departments of Political Science, History, Economics and English of Christian College in association with the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala.