Monday 22 September 2014

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 441

CII Big Picture Summit 2014

Some things become a habit with a journalist and FICCI and CII are  part of those habits.

This year the theme of the Confederation of Industries was Monetising Strategies: The Tryst for a USD 100 billion Indian M & E Industry. It was as always a two day seminar starting in the morning after breakfast and ending over dinner. Held at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi CII roped in some impressive speakers which were a mix of politicians, journalists, sportsmen and film stars.

I was privileged to be a part of a panel debating if Media had taken over the role of Gurukuls. Not a very believable topic because the current image of media is far from the traditional Guru shishya parampara that ancient India was used to. In the olden days knowledge stopped at guru’s feet and his word was final. The Guru was a paragon of virtues. Today, we are living in times when nobody is above speculation. I believe that the present media is far too confused and often corrupt to play the role of a leader to a nation. There was a time we were addressed as the conscience of society. Today, does anybody care for the conscience?

The session was moderated by Kaveree Bamzai, Group Editor, India Today and Rajat Sharma,Editor-in Chief, India TV delivered the keynote address. Other panelist on the session was Mrinal Pande, Former Chairperson, Prasar Bharati.

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