An Interactive Session with Derek O’Brien and Barkha Dutt
Speaker:Mr Derek O'Brien,a dynamic politician, quiz master and Rajya Sabha MP and Ms Barkha Dutt, TV journalist, celebrated author and Padmasree awardee.
Venue: JW Marriott
Date: 11th August, 2018
LSG hosted and engaged with Mr Derek O’Brien,a dynamic politician, quiz master and Rajya Sabha MP; in a power packed, lively and fun-filled interactive session with Ms Barkha Dutt, TV journalist, celebrated author and Padmasree awardee on 11th August 2018.
Derek confessed that while politics is invigorating, it is uni-dimensional and affects your personal life. Coming from a non-political family, he chose to join Trinamool as Mamata Banerjee had the best shot to oust the communist from Bengal. Congress was out of touch and though BJP had the best outreach he had a deep disconnect with their basic ideology. Being criticised for toeing the party line and not expressing dissent.He said Dissent can take place within the forum but when the party takes a call one has to fall in line.
The face of politics today is ‘personality centric’ where the party is not open to criticism. However that is dangerous for journalists . Barkha quizzed whether he ever felt a misfit. He admitted that when he failed in class Vll that impacted him. Also, when he decided to become a quiz master and not get to college that was a failure. His third failure was divorce, however that helped make him a better father.
2014 was a brilliant campaign by the BJP. Very easy to sell a product for the first time but they have not delivered hence repurchase won’t happen.
Derek’s prediction — Modi’s 280 seats will come down significantly. Allies share of 52 seats will be impacted – . If Congress gets 100 seats it’s easier for Congress and allies to reach 280. Reality is the President will call the party with largest number and then we will form the Govt.
Politics is now post ideology. There was a time when Like minded parties were secular parties.
What would you give Modi credit for? Sartorial sense of Modi is good. Political marketing is brilliant.
In open house Derek and Barkha agreed that we are living in Orwellian times when signals in TV Channels are blocked.
Vote bank politics is a reality, but we have to count on performance, economy, jobs etc.
A Christian boy, he grew up in a Hindu neighbourhood in a lane called Jamir lane, named after a Muslim. This happens only in India and nowhere else in the world, lots to be happy about that.
Session’s conclusion: “You are our Derek O’Brien from Jamir lane and this can only happen in India. We love you, for being witty and humane.”