The nation (un)pictured? Chromolithography and 'popular' politics in India, 1878-1995

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      The widespread use of the latest visual technologies in contemporary Indian politics including colorful posters is evaluated. Some accounts claim that the usage of these new visual tools threaten to unravel, disintegrate or 'un-picture' a nation whose unity has been molded in painstaking fashion. It will be argued that very similar pictures and visual tools have been in use in Indian politics for more than 100 years since the 19th century.