Understandably, media coverage of the Lowy Institute-Australia India Institute Poll of Indian public opinion has focused on newsy topics such as uranium sales and violence against students. But one so-far overlooked aspect of the poll jumped out at me. Indians have high levels of trust in their media:
To summarise, 83% of Indians agree that their media reports accurately on what's happening in the world, and for events within India, it's 86%. I'm not certain those exact questions have been polled in other countries, but the level of trust in the media is clearly lower in Australia, the US and UK.
So what's going on? Is the Indian media that good? Are Indian consumers that gullible? Or is there another explanation?