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Viral or Virus?: A Content Analysis of Fake News Themes in the World’s Largest Democracy from Jan 2017-May 2019
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In India, fake news is a serious problem that has resulted in violence online and offline. This thesis points out and analyses how fake news reinforces narratives of Hindu Nationalism, a type of ethnonationalism. The main themes reinforcing Hindu Nationalism have been analyzed by focusing on India-specific fake news content from 2017 to early 2019. The study frames fake news as a reinforcement of neo-populist ideas residing within the existing democratic framework of India.