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An Evening with Rajdeep Sardesai

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Rajdeep Sardesai

The hall was full to capacity on 10th November 2013. Nagpurians – from collegians to seniors – had all started streaming in from 4.30 pm onwards. The event was the address of media icon Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN fame, organized by Rotary Club of Nagpur.


A full house welcomed Rajdeep Sardesai with a thundering applause as he entered. Then the hall fell silent as all waited patiently to hear the Media Icon’s personality addressing them directly from the stage and not through the television screen.

Speaking extensively in Hindi, with a smattering of English Rajdeep started his talk by saying that what he would talk about was NOT the Rajdeep Prophecy. Politics being an ever-changing canvas, it was difficult to prophecy anything. However, he took the audience through the rigmarole of Indian politics.

Taking us back to 1984, when the Government got a majority he said, since then India has not had a decisive verdict .What has changed since then, he questioned.

Answering the question himself, he said that today, India is like a broken mirror.

Indian elections are 28 elections. Since 1980, when regional leaders came up we have had no mass base leaders. The big ‘netas’ and big parties of earlier times have become hollow from within.

Talking about the media, Rajdeep said that the media today is like a wild animal. You cannot control it. It is the biggest revolution of our times. It is a new instrument of power.

The younger generation today is impatient. They are not interested in listening to who did what in the past. Citing examples of Rahul Gandhi’s speeches, Rajdeep said that the youth wants to know, ‘What will you do for ME?”

Adding a funny twist to his talk, Rajdeep questioned the audience who the two election agents of Modi are. Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi was the answer which had the audience in splits.

Before concluding his address, Rajdeep surmised that our country is facing a leadership deficit. While Modi is the forerunner, there is a question mark on his success. To lead he will have to win over UP and Bihar. In Delhi,  Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party is a popular candidate for the Chief Minister’s post.

After the speech the audience flooded Rajdeep with questions which he patiently answered in Marathi, Hindi and English.

Earlier, President Prashant Kale & Hon.Secretary Sunil Bhatia welcomed the Speaker and PDG Dr. Satish Sule introduced him. Girish Deodhar, Director Programmes welcomed him with a bouquet. Akash Agarwal, Chairperson conducted the proceedings.

President Prashant handed over momentos to the Guest speaker. Khushnoor Chugh, Advisor proposed a vote of thanks.

The evening concluded with the National Anthem.

-Khushnoor S. Chugh

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