Rajdeep Sarde­sai’s new book launched

The jour­nal­ist spoke at length about the lack of free and open me­dia in­ter­ac­tions with cur­rent lead­ers

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Reporter

In­sti­tu­tion­ally, there is a lack of ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion from our lead­ers, and we don’t seem to com­plain, said Rajdeep Sarde­sai, Con­sult­ing Ed­i­tor, In­dia To­day Tele­vi­sion. He was speak­ing at the launch of his new book,

News­man, or­gan­ised by the Chennai Chap­ter of the FICCI Ladies Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FLO), the women’s wing of the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try on Satur­day, in the city.

In a dis­cus­sion with mem­bers of the FLO, Nancy Gau­tham and Priya Sathish, Mr. Sarde­sai spoke about how there had been very rare in­stances of Chief Min­is­ters or Prime Min­is­ters hav­ing free and open me­dia in­ter­ac­tions, where they en­cour­aged a range of ques­tions. “Ma­hatma Gandhi’s per­sonal was his po­lit­i­cal. Our politi­cians th­ese days are first event man­agers with re­gard to the schemes an­nounced and then they think about what to do for the peo­ple,” he said.

Re­call­ing how the na­tional me­dia had been rather late in their cov­er­age of the dev­as­tat­ing floods of 2015 in Chennai, Mr. Sarde­sai ad­mit­ted that it had been a shock­ing lapse on the part of the me­dia back then. “The sit­u­a­tion now is, how­ever, bet­ter as English tele­vi­sion chan­nels are wak­ing up to the fact that a ma­jor­ity of their view­ers are from the south,” he said.

Mr. Sarde­sai said that Bol­ly­wood could truly learn a lot from South­ern Cinema as the stars here had proven to be very com­mit­ted to­wards pol­i­tics or even on com­ing out and speak­ing about is­sues.

“There have been many in­stances in Bol­ly­wood where stars have given in to po­lit­i­cal de­mands of cen­sor­ship and this re­flects a cer­tain cow­ardice,” he said.

When asked about the re­cent hap­pen­ings in Tamil Nadu with ac­tors an­nounc­ing their po­lit­i­cal en­try, he pointed out that it was more of a move based on their star qual­ity. Anu­pama Shivara­man, Chair­per­son, FICCI FLO Chennai and N. Ram, Chair­man of The Hindu Pub­lish­ing Group re­ceived the first copies of .

K.V. SRINI­VASAN ■

The Hindu Group Chair­man, N. Ram, and Chair­per­son of FLO, Anu­pama Shivra­man, re­ceiv­ing copies of News­man from Rajdeep Sarde­sai in Chennai.

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