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The late-1990s were critical years for television in India: they witnessed the proliferation of transnational television in India, the acceleration of commodity consumption, and the renegotiation of the symbolic and discursive boundaries of India and Indianness. While the programs of state-controlled television in the 1980s were driven by pedagogical impulses of national development, transnational television was also pedagogical in that it taught viewers and spectators how to become consumers. Television thus played a central role in the integration of India into the global capitalist economy. Simultaneously, commodity affects articulated with erotic affects which, while hardly new, were recharged through a...

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