Ladies Study Group proudly hosted Rajdeep Sardesai, a senior journalist, an Indian news anchor, and author. Sardesai is currently a consulting editor at the India Today group, and hosts Headlines Today. In conversation with Mr. Sardesai was Mr. Suhel Seth, a managing partner of consultancy firm Counselage India. Seth is also an author, columnist, actor, and TV pundit.
Sardesai spoke candidly in his opening statement, “Nationalists don’t need to wear the Nationalist flag.” Black or white journalism is not conceivable and his utmost duty as a journalist was to “show the mirror to society.” Being quizzed by Seth if political polarizing was entering journalism, Sardesai candidly stated, “today journalists are to not merely report what they perceive; they need to have an opinion and there is no space for moderate opinion.” Suhel pointed that the media should shift their focus from being negative to showing development in India. Sardesai cryptically responded, “We Journalists are ideological and lazy with a tendency to see the glass half-full.”
Happy to settle down to a ‘perfect banter’, the conversation gets synchronised. The conversation transcended time settling onto something on another planar level. It was agreed by both that any democracy needs a good opposition especially in a vibrant and paradoxical country like India. Sardesai was outspoken and blunt by saying, “We are living in an intolerant world where the younger politicians do not want to face criticism.”
Sardesai unabashedly claimed that the media was obsessed with Delhi and some parts of India were slipping off the map. He went on to say, “Digital Media is the future and today is the age for Infotainment.”
Seth stated, “The world has moved to Identity Politics,” to which Sardesai responded, “The greatness of this country is in its diversity.”
There was a reasonable amount of consensus between the guests while answering the questions from the audience about myriad subjects. The forum witnessed a brainteaser magical event, which had them in splits at their witty repartee!
When selfie perambulation concluded, the guests enjoyed the sumptuous lay out of delicacies by the ITC.
Ms. Abhilasha Sethia, President LSG, wrapped up her tenure with this event by further raising the glass ceiling and setting a precedent for the future!
On 23rd March 2017 Ladies Study Group had its AGM with Mrs Mitalee Chatterjee conducting the proceedings.
Outgoing president Mrs Abhilasha Sethia in her speech spoke of joining the group 20 years back & being exposed to extraordinary women who have lead & set example. She said it was a beautiful journey & it was her privilege to be the president for the 50th year of Ladies Study Group. She personally thanked each member of the governing body & acknowledged the hard work of the committee. She thanked the support of Mr Rajeev Singh & ICC & her family.
She welcomed the incoming president Mrs Namrata Surekha & Vice President Madhulika Kanoria. After the formalities Namrata in her speech said that her motto for the year would be Dare to Care. To look beyond , to be a catalyst , to extend a helping hand.
She asked for everyone to go the extra mile & give voice in silence & hope in desperation. The 50th AGM of Ladies Study Group was a memorable event.