Columbus State Professor Authors Book on Intercultural Communication in India

Intercultural CommunicationCOLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State University communication professor has co-authored a book about teaching, and the development and study of intercultural communication in India, the richly diverse and second most populous country in the world.

Ramesh N. Rao, professor and chair of CSU's DegreeIn3 online communication program, authored the book with Avinash Thombre, associate professor of communication at the University of Arkansas. “Intercultural Communication – The Indian Context” was published last month by Sage Publications.

Rao says the study of intercultural communication is a requisite step for improving Indians’ understanding of themselves, for reducing conflict between groups and enabling better communication between diverse groups in a modernizing India. “This book fulfills the need for instructional material, teaching and the development and study of intercultural communication in India,” he said. “The book is a primer for students at the undergraduate level irrespective of their area of emphasis and as a supplement for graduate level courses.”

Reviewers say the book fills a much-needed void. “This Rao-Thombre volume on intercultural communication, steeped in the container of India’s rich and diverse multicultural ethos, is a must-read for scholars and practitioners of intercultural communication and South Asian studies,” said Arvind Singhal, the Marston Endowed Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso, and William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

According to John Oetzel, Chairperson, Management Communication, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, New Zealand, “This book offers the best of all worlds for those interested in intercultural communication in the Indian context. The authors have included the state-of-the-art in terms of theorizing and research on intercultural communication with the application and cultural specific knowledge about India. It is the ideal blend of the global and local focus. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, practitioners, business people, and politicians interested in the unique intercultural context of India.”

Rao's dean was delighted to hear of his colleague's new book. "It is always exciting when one of our faculty has the distinction of publishing a highly acclaimed new text in the communication field,” said Richard Baxter, dean of CSU’s College of the Arts, which houses the DegreeIn3 Program. “Dr. Rao's outstanding accomplishments in research, evidenced by his most recent book, make him a very valuable member of our faculty."

[caption id="attachment_4817" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Dr. Richard Baxter, Dean, College of the Arts, and Prof. Ramesh Rao, Department Chair, DN3 Program Dr. Richard Baxter, Dean, College of the Arts, and Prof. Ramesh Rao, Department Chair, DN3 Program[/caption]