3rd Oberoi Lecture Series featuring Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai

The Oberoi Lecture Series, in association with Ritinjali is designed to inspire conversations and dialogue between leaders, where they engage with each other and translate thought and ideas into practice. Limited to 40 in number, these individuals gather every three to four months at The Oberoi, Gurgaon to listen to the experiences of eminent speakers and in turn, enrich the dialogue by sharing their own perspectives. Past talks have featured Dr. Rajendra S. Pawar, Chairman and Co-Founder of the NIIT Group on the topic, ‘Joy of Growth’ and Mr. Gautam Thapar, Chaiman of the Avantha Group who spoke on the topic, ‘Ethics in Buisness.’

The 3rd conversation of the Oberoi Lecture Series, was held on Saturday, 20 September, 2014 featuring renowned news journalist and presenter Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai on ‘The Changing Face of the Media’. The evening started with an informal mixer over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the talk with Mr. Sardesai. The session opened with a discussion on the power of the media and its transition over the years. Mr. Sardesai regaled the audience with lively anecdotes on the history of television as a medium of news in India. What used to be a one-hour news broadcast on Doordarshan has now transitioned to 395 channels that cover news and events 24*7 from around the world. The past decade in particular, has seen rapid changes to the landscape of the media than perhaps any other. The digital revolution and a world where attention spans are shrinking have impacted the way the world views and sources information. Despite easy access to information, the creation of good news and a well-informed electorate remains a challenge.

The conversation ended with a candid and thought – provoking question answer round. Mr. Sardesai summed it up by saying that even though the existing media is relatively large, the diversity of news is limited and as such, great opportunities exist for a new independent media that reflects India in all its diversity. There is a need to galvanise media, society, and government to collectively drive change.

The thought behind events like the Oberoi Lecture Series is to create an environment which lets us reflect on our world and take inspiration to make a difference. As an extension of this event, we hope to seek support from the participants by involving them in some of our initiatives through interactions with young individuals from our various centres, who unfortunately have had to end an educational chapter in their lives. We believe that taking out the time to share personal experiences can inspire these young individuals at our centres to take a step forward in educating themselves.