|Name:||Dr MEHTA Nalin
|Designation:||Visiting Senior Research Fellow
|Department:||Asia Research Institute
Dr Nalin Mehta has commenced a 1-year joint appointment as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Asian Urbanisms Cluster in ARI and the Institute of South Asian Studies with effect from 19 March 2012.
Dr Nalin Mehta is Joint Editor of the international journal South Asian History and Culture (Routledge) and also co-edits the Routledge book series by the same name.
Prior to joining ARI, Dr Mehta has held senior positions with the UN and the Global Fund in Geneva, working on issues around global health financing. An award-winning writer and scholar, he has also covered Indian politics for over a decade as a broadcast journalist and published widely on the processes driving political change, the evolution and impact of media industries and sport history. Mehtaís books include India on Television: How Satellite Channels Have Changed the Way We Think and Act, [winner of the 2009 Asian Publishing Award], the best-selling Sellotape Legacy: Delhi and the Commonwealth Games, 2010, with Boria Majumdar; and a critical social history of Indian sport, Olympics: The India Story, 2008. His edited books include Television in India: Satellites, Politics and Cultural Change, 2008; Gujarat Beyond Gandhi: Identity, Conflict and Society, 2010, with Mona G. Mehta; and The Changing Face of Cricket: From Imperial to Global Game, 2010, with Jon Gemmell and Dominic Malcolm.
Formerly Deputy News Editor and anchor with Times Now, Mehta writes a weekly column on politics and public culture for the Times of India Groupís Mumbai Mirror and its sister publications (Pune Mirror, Ahmedabad Mirror and Bangalore Mirror).
A DFID-Commonwealth scholar, Mehta received his PhD from La Trobe University, Melbourne; MA from the University of East Anglia, UK; and BA from the University of Delhi.
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Brief Write-Up on Proposed Work:
While at ARI, Dr Mehta will be focusing on two major projects: the changing political economy of Indian television and its social implications; and the transformation of the Congress Party and Indian politics over the past three decades.