Speaker:Dr Subhash Chandra, member of the Rajya Sabha and Madhulika Kanoria, LSG President
Date: 23rd July, 2018
LSG had the pleasure of hosting Dr Subhash Chandra, member of the Rajya Sabha, founder of Zee television and chairman of Essel group, a business empire of over $10 billion.
Through an interactive session with a house full of LSG members and spouses at the ITC, Dr. Chandra talked candidly on a range of Issues.
LSG President Madhulika Kanoria opened the session with her question first question – “what motivates you to motivate others?” to which he replied that it was his father who inspired him to share the rich experience he has gained in so many years of business, with the youth to guide, empower and encourage them.
Questions from the audience ranged from his views on Education, Media to the future of Television.
His views reflected his philosophy of Living in the Present. Change is present in all spheres of life. Science & technology are constantly evolving, altering society’s tastes, needs and values. Media and television also need to evolve in order to satisfy the various segments of society that they serve.
On education however he hailed the traditional Indian Model of Gurukula education that encouraged individual-based education vis a vis today’s universal education that was propagated by the British. Identifying and encouraging talent is most important. Educating the child at home till five years of age by parents & grandparents goes a long way in their development.
Answering questions on success in his business, he reiterated his firm conviction in the Indian philosophy of living in the present, working with the right attitude and keeping faith in oneself and hard work.
On the difference between manager and entrepreneur, he clarified that a manager will not go beyond a certain limit whereas an entrepreneur takes the risk with his money and future.
His view on Philanthropy- he firmly discourages any charity that undermines the self respect of the beneficiary. He believes in contributing toward building the capacity of the society as a whole to take on challenges.
The Subhash Chandra foundation believes in giving grants to Students on the condition that they in turn give back to society once they have become successful.
In terms of Dr. Chandra’s vision of 2025
• Technological changes are going to take place like driver-less car, remedy for cancer etc. New concepts will evolve to make humans self sufficient in all respects.
• Media is indispensable, it’s not trustworthy yet paradoxically it’s the only hope. Media is doing positive work while reporting immediately on rape and other antisocial activities.
His final message to us was ATTITUDE DEFINES SUCCESS.