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Dec 27, 2013
00:26 (IST)
Very few people have had a gifted journey like mine: Shah Rukh Khan
 
Dec 27, 2013
00:25 (IST)
Very disappointed with Supreme Court on homosexuality verdict: Amartya Sen

Dec 27, 2013
00:25 (IST)
Justice Ganguly should resign on moral grounds: Fali Nariman

Dec 27, 2013
00:24 (IST)
Beating Pete Sampras was my biggest win: Leander Paes

Dec 27, 2013
00:24 (IST)
Cinema is not an educational institution: Waheeda Rehman

Dec 27, 2013
00:23 (IST)
I still feel I am a student of music: Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Dec 27, 2013
00:23 (IST)
Parents should allow their children to follow their passions: Prof CNR Rao

Dec 27, 2013
00:22 (IST)
I lose more cases than I win: Fali Nariman

Dec 27, 2013
00:22 (IST)
I knew things wouldn't be the same after I signed Roja: A R Rahman

Dec 27, 2013
00:20 (IST)
What the essence of India means for Zubin Mehta

Dec 27, 2013
00:18 (IST)
Am a big fan of Dilip saab, Waheedaji: Big B

Dec 14, 2013
17:47 (IST)
The second session of the NDTV Summit:


Dec 14, 2013
17:23 (IST)
Here's a lookback at the opening session of the NDTV Solutions Summit:


Dec 14, 2013
17:17 (IST)
Behind the scenes: The NDTV crew is all set for the show


Dec 14, 2013
16:29 (IST)
And so we close our Solutions Summit with a Bollywood bang, helped by Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman and AR Rahman's Jai Ho.
At 6 pm, meet the 25 greatest living global Indians.Till then, here are the best moments from today's sessions.
Dec 14, 2013
16:20 (IST)
SRK starts the Jai Ho party. Dances by himself, twirls with Waheedaji, then does Big B's signature move with him. Everybody loves it. The audience is on their feet, whistling, clapping and dancing along.





Dec 14, 2013
16:18 (IST)
Suhel Seth: We live in very troubled times. We don't have a government

SRK: You deserve it Suhel, you deserve it.


Dec 14, 2013
16:15 (IST)
Shah Rukh Khan: Rs 100 crore club is just a compartmentalization, a nomenclature. The true dreamers dream of Rs 1000 crores, of how to grow Indian cinema. 
Dec 14, 2013
16:10 (IST)
SRK's true story: When you go to Egypt, everyone will only call you Amitabh Bachchan. I was shooting for the song 'Suraj Hua Madhdham' there and they kept calling me Amitabh Bachchan. I tried to explain that Amitabh Bachchan wasn't in the song. But they kept calling me Amitabh Bachchan. And when Kajol arrived, they called her Amitabh Bachchan as well.
Dec 14, 2013
16:09 (IST)
SRK and Big B exchange congratulations: Mubarak ho, 12 years of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham today
Dec 14, 2013
16:07 (IST)
Every sixth person in the world is an Indian now, we're getting there: Big B on getting more people abroad to buy tickets to Indian movies
Dec 14, 2013
16:05 (IST)
Funny moment: Saying the name of Ang Lee's film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon trips SRK up.

And he does Mr Bachchan's voice as well. Thank you Shah Rukh, says Big B

Dec 14, 2013
16:03 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: I think we are always going to be different. I think what Shah Rukh was saying was that we need to blend western sensibilities into our cinema a little more. He and Karan Johar are largely responsible for bringing Bollywood to the global stage.
Dec 14, 2013
16:03 (IST)
Jai Ho is loved more by the west than by Indians: AR Rahman
Dec 14, 2013
16:02 (IST)
A King-sized Namaste. SRK makes up for being late
Dec 14, 2013
16:01 (IST)
Shah Rukh Khan: If you want to be on global stage, you have to tell stories the way the world is used to. Saying our emotions are louder we need three hours wont work. If we are going to their party, we have to dress the way they want.


Dec 14, 2013
15:59 (IST)
Shah Rukh Khan: I think you need the star system because so much of media and cinema is personality-driven. So it's a good thing that India has a star system but we lack in collaboration. In Hollywood, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson can collaborate for Tintin, we must do the same and put our best foot forward.
Dec 14, 2013
15:57 (IST)
Big B: And our main speaker is here. I think he should be asked all these questions

SRK runs up on stage to cheers, claps and whistles; touches the feet of the panelists and gets to business: I think globalization of Indian cinema should start with actors coming on time.


Dec 14, 2013
15:56 (IST)
The King is here, make way for the King.

Damn you Delhi traffic


Dec 14, 2013
15:49 (IST)
Mr B is making sure we're not missing SRK: Fortunately I've gone beyond the stage of pelvic thrusts. You can't accuse me of that any more.

The audience is loving it.
Dec 14, 2013
15:47 (IST)
Mrs Bachchan says she's happy with what the panel are saying. Mr Bachchan says he's going to quiz her when they get home.

Yay, goes the audience.


Dec 14, 2013
15:47 (IST)
Jaya Bachchan (in the audience): I think India has had music at every occasion and now also we have music and dance at all times, they've just modernized it
Dec 14, 2013
15:46 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: We were laughed at for our songs and dances. But to our credit, we haven't changed. And now the songs and dances are what the world like the most. So they have changed.
Dec 14, 2013
15:45 (IST)

Dec 14, 2013
15:43 (IST)
AR Rahman: What was the question again?

The audience laughs, Big B helps him out.


Dec 14, 2013
15:42 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: When I started work, the only lady on the set was the leading lady and perhaps her mother. But now, 80% of the people on set are women and they do all the work
Dec 14, 2013
15:41 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: We don't always degrade women in our films. Waheedaji, my wife Jaya, Meena Kumari, Nutan have all starred in films that portray strong women.
Dec 14, 2013
15:41 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: Our profession is one which delivers poetic justice in three hours. You wont get this in a single lifetime. So we make sure that in a film the heroine is rescued and the villain punished.
Dec 14, 2013
15:38 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: Do you remember the last Indian who spoke at the United Nations? But you would remember the Sholay dialogue. And the Deewar dialogue. So if we are important enough for our dialogues to be remembered, why can't we be important enough to represent India on official platforms?  

The audience laughs and nods.


Dec 14, 2013
15:34 (IST)
Waheeda Rehman: Coming from a Muslim family and from down South, my parents allowed me to learn Bharatnatyam and dance on stage. When I was offered films, I was very scared but they said "no, things are changing."


Dec 14, 2013
15:33 (IST)

Main yahan bhi Hindi mein bol sakta hoon aap kahe toh. I just felt they were celebrating 100 years of Indians cinema : Amitabh Bachchan on opening the Cannes Film Festival in Hindi

Dec 14, 2013
15:31 (IST)
The session begins, SRK-less. But no matter. There are three icons on stage already

Mr B gets the ball rolling: Cinema used to be considered infra-dig in society. When I was growing up, my parents had to vet a film before I was allowed to watch it. But look how we've progressed - today, we are sitting on a panel discussing cinema.



Dec 14, 2013
15:29 (IST)
Shah Rukh Khan is caught in Delhi traffic! "We were hoping we'd hide behind him and that he'd take the first bullets," says Amitabh Bachchan. No such luck sir!
Dec 14, 2013
15:29 (IST)

While their mothers have chai, Waheeda's daughter Kashvi Rekhi and Bachchan beti Shweta also catch up.

Dec 14, 2013
15:21 (IST)
Two of Indian cinema's most fun, fearless femmes: Waheeda Rehman and Jaya Bachchan

Dec 14, 2013
15:20 (IST)
Over chai, last minute discussions and some frantic checking of mail on phone


Dec 14, 2013
15:20 (IST)
Catching up ahead of their session. Amitabh Bachchan and Waheeda Rehman have co-starred in movies like Reshma Aur Shera, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie and Namak Halaal
Dec 14, 2013
15:18 (IST)
There's an expectant hush at the venue. Everyone's waiting for the doors to swing open and the great and good of Bollywood to walk in
Dec 14, 2013
15:12 (IST)

NDTV welcomes Amitabh Bachchan to the summit



Dec 14, 2013
15:09 (IST)
That's five sessions out of six done. Don't go anywhere. Because there's Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Waheeda Rehman and A R Rahman coming up to discuss the global impact of Indian cinema.
Dec 14, 2013
15:08 (IST)
Session 5 highlights:



Manish Tewari

Indian politics has been enriched over the last 40 years
AAP has done spectacularly well. Much better than their own expectations perhaps

Piyush Goyal

Good governance has come to stay and it's a fantastic phenomena
Delhi result restricted to Central Delhi
We'll have to see to what extent AAP is able to extend their frontiers

Manish Tewari

I don't think we should have extended support to AAP
We ruled for 15 years
Should accept the verdict
Responsibility of providing Delhi a government is on the BJP

Prashant Bhushan

We have made it clear as to where we stand

Manish Tewari

Politics is the art of the possible
It is not my way or the highway

Derek O'Brien

The Trinamool Congress is the only party since Independence which broke away from the Congress and are still in business
We are running a government without a coalition
No Mamata magic in Bengal, it's hard-nosed good governance

Piyush Goyal

Time is now right to have a strong government at the Centre. Coalitions tend to fail
We'll have a pre-poll alliance with certain parties
Everything that the BJP-led NDA started, Congress turned into a right
Dec 14, 2013
15:03 (IST)
Prashant Bhushan tells Piyush Goyal that Rs 80,000 crores of the BJP's money is black and no none knows where it's come from.

Derek O'Brien quips that he feels like a pauper between two billionaires.

Much amusement in the audience.

And this might truly be the most outstanding answer of the session: Derek says, we ask corporates to buy Mamta Banerjee's paintings and that's how we raise money.

The audience goes nuts.


Dec 14, 2013
14:57 (IST)
Prashant Bhushan says: When we were agitating for the Jan Lokpal Bill, political parties constantly told us, 'Who are you? We are the elected representatives of the people, we will decide.' That arrogance has been broken today by the AAP.

The AAP effect: The audience cheers loudly.
Dec 14, 2013
14:53 (IST)
Manish Tewari: If you want to bring political parties within the ambit of the Right To Information Act then we have to amend the act to deem political parties public bodies.


Dec 14, 2013
14:47 (IST)
Piyush Goyal responds to Vikram Seth's question: Narendra Modi doesn't have to comment on every judgment of the Supreme Court. Sushma Swaraj has said the party will take a view when the proposal comes before us and Parliament will take a call.

That doesn't satisfy Vikram Seth who asks him specifically if the BJP had an issue with a consensual relationship between two people of the same gender. Not at all, clarifies Mr Goyal.
Dec 14, 2013
14:45 (IST)
Vikram Seth's question on the re-criminalisation of homosexuality to the panel: The Congress has come out very strongly on article 377, much to my surprise, saying the Supreme Court's judgment is wrong. The AAP has made it's stand clear. Piyush Goyal and Derek O'Brien have made their personal views clear. But there is no word from leaders like Narendra Modi. Why has the BJP not taken a stand?


Dec 14, 2013
14:43 (IST)
A sculptor from England, a leading voice on culture from America. Phir bhi dil hai hindustani


Dec 14, 2013
14:42 (IST)
We started the freedom of information act when Mr Vajpayee was in office, just to counter the Congress propaganda. They took everything we'd done, changed the nomenclature and claimed it as theirs: Piyush Goyal on the Right To Information Act
Dec 14, 2013
14:37 (IST)
Derek O'Brien gets a laugh with: To use a cricket analogy, there's the Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party and the Trinamool Congress is happy playing third umpire.


Dec 14, 2013
14:36 (IST)
We should have nothing to do with it. We have not got the mandate. It's for the two larger parties to work it out: Manish Tewari on the Delhi poll results.

10 points for honesty
Dec 14, 2013
14:35 (IST)
Surely no one better represents the grace and richness of the golden age of Indian cinema than the elegant Waheeda Rehman.


Dec 14, 2013
14:34 (IST)
AAP's Prashant Bhushan: BJP has said they will give us issue-based support. What issues?


Dec 14, 2013
14:30 (IST)
Already, this discussion looks like it's shaping up to be Manish Tewari vs Piyush Goyal. "The Congress has lost the plot," says Mr Goyal.


Dec 14, 2013
14:28 (IST)
Piyush Goyal: We wish AAP well. I think the theme of the next elections will be good governance.
Dec 14, 2013
14:27 (IST)
BJP leader Piyush Goyal has a piece of gossip for us: Derek O'Brien's Rajya Sabha team just lost a cricket match to the journalists.

The irony is not lost on the audience!


Dec 14, 2013
14:26 (IST)
Manish Tewari: AAP have done spectacularly well and need to be congratulated for it. But if you step back and look at it, Indian politics has been enriched over the last 40 years by various streams flowing into it. So let's wait for a while to see how this all pans out.


Dec 14, 2013
14:25 (IST)
Session 5 begins. Topic - Governance: Towards cleaner politics in India. The panel: Piyush Goyal, Derek O'Brien, Manish Tewari & Prashant Bhushan


Dec 14, 2013
14:21 (IST)
Off-stage, Subodh Gupta's indictment of India is still resonating. He's surrounded by a clutch of people including Dayanita Singh and Homi K Bhabha.
Dec 14, 2013
14:19 (IST)
We're almost ready for Manish Tewari, Piyush Goyal, Prashant Bhushan and Derek O'Brien's opinions on moving towards cleaner politics in India.


Dec 14, 2013
14:19 (IST)
Session 4 highlights:

Anish Kapoor

It is not "Indianness" that defines what we do as artists
I see that as a problematic stigma
We need to allow the creative to emerge, rather than it relate it to the background

Zubin Mehta

My Indian part doesn't enter my spirituality on stage
Disgrace that there is no concert hall in Delhi
For Indian music

Anish Kapoor

We are institutionally poor when it comes to visual arts

Vikram Seth

We (artists) are happy to be claimed as long as it isn't a constraint
Not happy to be disclaimed, like MF Hussain
Art is a very private thing
If you're claimed by people who are moved by your art, that's the essence of art

Dayanita

I am not in favour of nationality-based art

Homi Bhabha

If you want soft-power, then you have to have the infrastructure for it
Need proper humanities and liberal arts education

Dec 14, 2013
14:18 (IST)
AAP ki khatir: Dr Prannoy Roy welcomes Prashant Bhushan


Dec 14, 2013
14:12 (IST)
A Vikram Seth-ism: I'm wondering whether Indian classical music would have survived after 1947 after patronage disappeared if it had not been for All India Radio and the Indian tobacco companies which put things in our lungs but at least ensured that what came out of Kumar Gandharva's lungs was heard.


Dec 14, 2013
14:08 (IST)
Zubin Mehta: I've heard so much criticism in the last 45 minutes I'd like to say something positive. This country has an infinite number of people who are so talented, people who cannot read and write but produce crafts that are admired all over the world. I am very grateful for that.
Dec 14, 2013
14:06 (IST)

From the audience, Prithvi Theatre's Sanjana Kapoor gets a round of applause with: I think of all artists, theatre-wallahs are the lowest of the low. But we need to demand that systems also work for us. What is our reality is the massive organization of India and claiming our place in it. We have to demand it. We need the media to support us. Where are they supporting us? We need to be on TV and all sorts of media a huge amount more.


Dec 14, 2013
13:59 (IST)
Artist Subodh Gupta, famous for his installations using everyday utensils, delivers a damning verdict from the audience: This country really sucks in terms of art. This country destroys, doesn't make art.
Dec 14, 2013
13:56 (IST)
Zubin Mehta: I have grown up in America and in Europe. In Europe, till recently government supported culture. In America, government has never supported culture but gives you the opportunity to deduct donations made by individuals from taxes.
Dec 14, 2013
13:53 (IST)
Homi K Bhabha: Need proper liberal arts and humanities education globally
Dec 14, 2013
13:52 (IST)
Anjolie Ela Menon: The real minority in India are not the Muslims or the Christians but the artists. The greatest gift that the republic gave artists is the freedom of expression. The strictures on M F Husain did not come from the government but from religious extremists. There was a wonderful Supreme Court judgment that exonerated him of any blame but the State failed to bring him back by not offering him enough protection.


Dec 14, 2013
13:48 (IST)
Behind-the-scenes: Dr Prannoy Roy's close encounter with cinema's golden girl Waheeda Rehman


Dec 14, 2013
13:47 (IST)
"It's the city that matters," says Homi K Bhabha, "Bombay was a deeply cosmopolitan place and has carried me and my work all through."


Dec 14, 2013
13:43 (IST)
Dayanita Singh: I'm not completely in favour of nationality-based art and have always seen it as a burden.


Dec 14, 2013
13:42 (IST)
Vikram Seth: It's no good writing 'A Suitable Boy' if it is not believed by people who lived in 1950s India. And then, if it has any merit at all, it becomes universal.
Dec 14, 2013
13:40 (IST)
Vikram Seth: We as Indians are happy to be claimed but not happy to be disclaimed. M F Husain was not able to rest his dying head in his own homeland. That was a shame.

The audience agrees, and claps.
Dec 14, 2013
13:36 (IST)
Off-stage: Vikram Seth's 'what-me-worry?' face


Dec 14, 2013
13:34 (IST)
Zubin  Mehta: Hamara dil toh Hindustan ka hai. Unfortunately, the music I interpret has been written by Europeans and there's little Indianness I can inject into it apart from the yoga that helps me do breathing exercises.

Another big cheer. Mr Mehta has so far got the most claps of the day, more even than Suhel Seth and Shekhar Gupta combined.


Dec 14, 2013
13:30 (IST)
Anish Kapoor: As a young artist, didn't like my work being labelled Indian. I fought against it hard because I don't think that being viewed as from an exotic background helps the creative process.


Dec 14, 2013
13:26 (IST)

This is clearly the most popular panel. Every panelist gets a rousing cheer and a big hand. Zubin Mehta gets the most claps when he says he's Calcutta-born and not a Bombay boy.

Dec 14, 2013
13:20 (IST)
Ahead of the session, Vikram Seth chats off-stage with Zubin Mehta and Y K Hamied.
Dec 14, 2013
13:02 (IST)
In just a few minutes, author Vikram Seth, sculptor Anish Kapoor, conductor Zubin Mehta, photographer Dayanita Singh and Harvard University's Homi K Bhabha discuss art, music, culture and how to harness India's soft power as a globally strategic asset.
Dec 14, 2013
12:52 (IST)
Session 3 highlights:



Amartya Sen

Our institutions are as safe as we make them to be
There is no point in blaming the institution
India continues to have some people who are privileged and some who are not, that worries me
Criminalisation of homosexuality violation of protection of minority rights

Arun Shourie

The word 'Secularism' has been prostituted
It is not just that every religion will be tolerated, but that they will be respected

Fali Nariman

Not very charmed with the word 'secular democracy', more by 'tolerant democracy'

Y K Hamied

Essence of India depends on a healthy India
Health in India is a permanent crisis
If anybody is in healthcare, it has two dimensions: business and humanitarian

Amartya Sen

Secularism and democracy are important to me
Democracy has never been defined as majority rule
Democracy is governance by discussion

Narayana Murthy

Every Indian has to be enthusiastic about the future
Government, state and religion must be separate

Y K Hamied

Cornerstone of the essence of India is education
Dec 14, 2013
12:48 (IST)
Is the essence of India contained in our ability to argue and ask questions without fear or favour? Amartya Sen thinks so.

On that note, this session is a wrap.


Dec 14, 2013
12:46 (IST)
Politician and columnist Sudheendra Kulkarni's question to the panel: The essence of India should be discussed in the context of ageless India, not India since 1947. At what age did Muslims in India become a minority? Why are we not able to go beyond this 'minority-isation' of our communities?


Dec 14, 2013
12:43 (IST)
Professor Nandy's denouncing of education as bogus finds a supporter.

Anjolie Ela Menon declares herself "the devil's advocate" and agrees with Professor Nandy: If you have education without even the glimmer of a hope of job at the end of it then you are sitting on a time bomb.



Dec 14, 2013
12:40 (IST)
Not everyone agrees with Zubin Mehta's focus on education.

Professor Ashis Nandy says: I am a greater admirer of Zubin Mehta than he is of India (another laugh from the audience). But I find his emphasis on education 'bogus'.



Dec 14, 2013
12:38 (IST)
N R Narayana Murthy: "I would like to transcend the question and answer the earlier question asked."

That gets a laugh from the audience. OK then, Mr Narayana Murthy sir.

He answers the earlier question with this: What should be the economism we follow? We need compassionate capitalism.


Dec 14, 2013
12:28 (IST)
Y K Hamied: Like Zubin, all of us are really proud to be Indian. We fly the flag all over the world. But it's what we do when we come back home that really matters.
Dec 14, 2013
12:25 (IST)
Zubin Mehta joins the conversation from the audience: I am one of the proudest Indians I know of.

He gets a rousing cheer and applause from everyone else.

Mr Mehta's question to the panelists: How are we going to convince the farmer to send his son and daughter to school? If every Indian can read and write and think in rational terms, then we will achieve greatness.


Dec 14, 2013
12:23 (IST)
N R Narayana Murthy: Every Indian needs to be excited by the future


Dec 14, 2013
12:20 (IST)
YK Hamied: If you are in health care, you are here to save lives. (On why he surrenders profit or affordable drugs)
Dec 14, 2013
12:17 (IST)
If you are in healthcare, your main objective is saving lives, says Y K Hamied, Cipla chief and the man who made AIDS drugs available to poor people across the world, on why he surrenders profits.

The essence of India depends on the health of India, he adds.


Dec 14, 2013
12:17 (IST)
Fali Nariman, former Additional Solicitor General of India, says: I don't place great regard on the word democracy. Even North Korea, which just executed it's uncle, is a democratic republic.

Audience laughs

Mr Nariman goes on: And I'm not very charmed by the word secular. So I would like to see a tolerant democracy and I think we are becoming intolerant.


Dec 14, 2013
12:13 (IST)
Arun Shourie: Secularism is very different from pluralism. In India, we should shift to pluralism because secularism as a word has been so prostituted. Indian secularism consists of calling other people communal.


Dec 14, 2013
12:12 (IST)
N R Narayana Murthy: As long as we accept that we did something that was not right, as long as we show a sense of contrition, and move on.



Dec 14, 2013
12:09 (IST)

In the audience, conductor Zubin Mehta with wife Nancy. He will be joining Vikram Seth in the discussion on arts and culture



Dec 14, 2013
12:09 (IST)
Fali Nariman on Section 377: Everyone assumes that verdict of two judges represents the Supreme Court. Constitutional bench of at least five should handle important matters.
Dec 14, 2013
12:06 (IST)
Amartya Sen: Our institutions as safe as we make them to be. No point in blaming the institutions. India continues to have some people who are privileged and some who are not, that worries me. Criminalization of homosexuality is a violation of minority rights.


Dec 14, 2013
12:03 (IST)

Behind-the-scenes: Vikram Seth and NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain will be on stage later today discussing the arts and culture. Though Vikram Seth looks like he's begun holding forth already


Dec 14, 2013
11:59 (IST)
As the next guests prep, Vikram Seth shares a quick chat with his mother Justice Leila Seth
Dec 14, 2013
11:57 (IST)

Dec 14, 2013
11:53 (IST)
Coming up, NR Narayana Murthy, Ela Bhatt, Arun Shourie, YK Hamied, Amartya Sen and Fali Nariman discuss the essence of India, what makes it different and special.


Dec 14, 2013
11:52 (IST)




Highlights of Session 2:


Omar Abdullah


Facebook and Twitter reversed the flow of communication, we now listen
The aam janata is talking back to us
As of now, Internet seems to be skewed in a particular direction, but there are more and more voice of reason
More reasonable comment made available

Swapan Dasgupta

Subtlety doesn't work on social media. The nature of interaction is still imperfect
Newness of media has allowed a lot of people to vent their anger

Rajan Anandan

India is adding 3-4 million Internet users in a month
Large number of Indians are doing research about political parties and issues, and a small number of people voice their concerns
People are more informed, but very small number of them are being vocal

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

Rural part of India has not been penetrated by the Internet
It is not reaching the urban-poor; the situation may change in 5 or 10 years

Rajan Anandan

Every single day, there are millions of Indians outside our metro cities who connect to the Internet

Shekhar Gupta

I think we are presuming too much, all of us are victims of the net-delusion
We are worried about what response one will get on Twitter
If we are not being digitally savvy, it's a black mark on your CV these days
It's an instrument of democracy but also one of trouble
Because of the Internet, many scoundrels tried to out victims' identity (referring to the Tejpal case)
Anonymity brings out the worst in human beings
S there are issues we will have to deal with

Suhel Seth

Internet is a tool but certainly it won't strengthen democracy. It is being used as a tool of hatred and ridicule.
Electoral reforms will strengthen democracy
We are giving it far more importance than it deserves

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

In America, a lot of electoral funding is done via Internet
Internet can be used for campaign finance

Naina Lal Kidwai

Internet delivers our democratic rights, an important one

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

The moment you give certain discretionary powers to police or bureaucrats, there is an evitable tendency to exploit

Shekhar Gupta

Laws that apply to you in normal media, don't apply in Internet

Rajan Anandan

If content violates local law, it is taken down
We should evaluate the content

Rajan Anandan

30 per cent of Internet users in India are women

Omar Abdullah

With exposure to the wider world, comes greater aspiration
Pressure to deliver increases

Shekhar Gupta

Internet is a developing medium
The larger problem is where it becomes intrusive

Naina Lal Kidwai

There is a danger that we'll over-regulate to the point where we lose what is good

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

Internet will have to be regulated, how and by whom is the question

Rajan Anandan

It's an evolving medium
It's important for us to keep in mind the amazing things Internet can do for India
If you think about the core issues, Internet can be an enabler

Omar Abdullah

Don't think Internet can be regulated
Have to take the bad with the good
Dec 14, 2013
11:51 (IST)

In the audience, environmentalist Valmik Thapar and his actress wife Sanjana Kapoor, looking stunning in a red and beige ensemble

Dec 14, 2013
11:51 (IST)
Omar Abdullah: Nobody forces us to be on social media. If you are not comfortable, switch off.
Dec 14, 2013
11:50 (IST)
Rajan Anandan: It's very important to keep in mind the amazing things the Internet can do for India in its core issues like education and healthcare.
Dec 14, 2013
11:50 (IST)
Ashutosh Varshney: Internet has to be regulated. The question is how and by whom? Not sure there is an immediate solution.
Dec 14, 2013
11:49 (IST)
Suhel Seth: It's also about parenting. Cant shirk your responsibilities when it comes to the Internet.
Dec 14, 2013
11:49 (IST)
Naina Lal Kidwai: The issue here is how do you execute a law that disciplines the internet. There is also the danger of over-regulating
Dec 14, 2013
11:48 (IST)
Highlights of Session 2:



Omar Abdullah

Facebook and Twitter reversed the flow of communication, we now listen
The aam janata is talking back to us
As of now, Internet seems to be skewed in a particular direction, but there are more and more voice of reason
More reasonable comment made available

Swapan Dasgupta

Subtlety doesn't work on social media. The nature of interaction is still imperfect
Newness of media has allowed a lot of people to vent their anger

Rajan Anandan

India is adding 3-4 million Internet users in a month
Large number of Indians are doing research about political parties and issues, and a small number of people voice their concerns
People are more informed, but very small number of them are being vocal

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

Rural part of India has not been penetrated by the Internet
It is not reaching the urban-poor; the situation may change in 5 or 10 years

Rajan Anandan

Every single day, there are millions of Indians outside our metro cities who connect to the Internet

Shekhar Gupta

I think we are presuming too much, all of us are victims of the net-delusion
We are worried about what response one will get on Twitter
If we are not being digitally savvy, it's a black mark on your CV these days
It's an instrument of democracy but also one of trouble
Because of the Internet, many scoundrels tried to out victims' identity (referring to the Tejpal case)
Anonymity brings out the worst in human beings
S there are issues we will have to deal with

Suhel Seth

Internet is a tool but certainly it won't strengthen democracy. It is being used as a tool of hatred and ridicule.
Electoral reforms will strengthen democracy
We are giving it far more importance than it deserves

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

In America, a lot of electoral funding is done via Internet
Internet can be used for campaign finance

Naina Lal Kidwai

Internet delivers our democratic rights, an important one

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

The moment you give certain discretionary powers to police or bureaucrats, there is an evitable tendency to exploit

Shekhar Gupta

Laws that apply to you in normal media, don't apply in Internet

Rajan Anandan

If content violates local law, it is taken down
We should evaluate the content
30 per cent of Internet users in India are women

Omar Abdullah

With exposure to the wider world, comes greater aspiration
Pressure to deliver increases

Shekhar Gupta

Internet is a developing medium
The larger problem is where it becomes intrusive

Naina Lal Kidwai

There is a danger that we'll over-regulate to the point where we lose what is good

Prof Ashutosh Varshney

Internet will have to be regulated, how and by whom is the question

Rajan Anandan

It's an evolving medium
It's important for us to keep in mind the amazing things Internet can do for India
If you think about the core issues, Internet can be an enabler
Dec 14, 2013
11:41 (IST)
Shekhar Gupta: The laws that apply elsewhere should apply to the Internet. Internet is a medium that is developing. Populations like in India which are used to arguments, anarchy and mutiny will respond in a certain way.

Shekhar adds a potshot at himself with a jibe about a 'bald head.' Laughs? Oh yes.


Dec 14, 2013
11:38 (IST)
Suhel Seth: Tourism is being helped greatly by the Internet. There are some good things that are happening.
Dec 14, 2013
11:36 (IST)
Naina Lal Kidwai: The government needs to ensure that women and girls are made Internet savvy for their own safety
Dec 14, 2013
11:34 (IST)
Nalini Singh asks Rajan Anandan if he knows what proportion of India's Internet users are women. Is the female voting mind being driven by something other than the Internet?

Rajan says 60 million out of 250 million users are women, making India one of the lowest ranking countries in the online gender divide.


Dec 14, 2013
11:33 (IST)
Infosys chief NR Narayanamurthy, who will discuss the essence of India in the next session, tells us what NDTV's 25 years means to him.
Dec 14, 2013
11:31 (IST)
The debate currently is on whether service providers should be held accountable for content posted by users. Google's Rajan Anandan and Indian Express' Shekhar Gupta are on opposite sides.


Dec 14, 2013
11:29 (IST)
A packed house at the second session


Dec 14, 2013
11:25 (IST)
Omar Abdullah: I've often had to shut down pages because there are 'nutjobs' online who only want to inflame passions. While censorship is too big a word, restrictions are sometimes necessary.


Dec 14, 2013
11:23 (IST)
Question from the audience: When will we have Indian language Internet? Does anyone feel uncomfortable that Indian Internet is not really Indian?

Omar doesn't agree. You'll be surprised at how much of the Internet is in regional languages.
Dec 14, 2013
11:21 (IST)
Omar Abdullah: Internet makes huge difference to the quality of governance. Internet is not just Facebook or Twitter. We are setting up a system to track projects by taking photos with time stamp to ensure greater accountability
Dec 14, 2013
11:20 (IST)
Naina Lal Kidwai: If courier companies can give status of packages online, we should be able to do that with files.


Dec 14, 2013
11:19 (IST)
As expected, Suhel Seth - whose opinions are always loudly heard, Vikram said earlier - gets many laughs. But not as many as Shekhar Gupta.


Dec 14, 2013
11:18 (IST)
Suhel Seth: The fact that Rahul Gandhi is not on Facebook or Twitter, the only thing he has in common with Shekhar (audience laughs again), indicates that he doesn't believe in its power.
Dec 14, 2013
11:17 (IST)
Suhel Seth: The Internet is a tool of empowerment but it's certainly not going to strengthen your democracy as long as it's used as a tool of hate and ridicule.
Dec 14, 2013
11:16 (IST)
Shekhar Gupta: Think of the poor in the resettlement colonies of Delhi, who voted for AAP in such a big way. They were not influenced by the Internet
Dec 14, 2013
11:15 (IST)
Shekhar Gupta: Every time my ego gets a little bloated, I just have to go to Twitter to find out what a low life I am. *nervous giggle ripples through audience*
Dec 14, 2013
11:15 (IST)
Behind-the-scenes: On-stage, the topic is the Internet. Off-stage, Dr Prannoy Roy is using the Internet


Dec 14, 2013
11:13 (IST)
Indian Express editor Shekhar Gupta: We are going through a phase where we act as if Internet is not a means to an end but the end itself.


Dec 14, 2013
11:11 (IST)
Rajan Anandan: It is an urban phenomenon but you can debate whether 250 million connected Indians can swing an election or not.
Dec 14, 2013
11:10 (IST)
Professor Ashutosh Varshney: There is an urban-rural gap in Indian Internet users. Most of India is rural and has not been penetrated. This is an urban, middle-class phenomenon.
Dec 14, 2013
11:09 (IST)

Rajan Anandan: Negative chatter is not the point. We've found that a large number of Indians are doing  research on political parties and issues. It's a small number who are voicing their opinions. 200s of millions of Indians are making decision on information they are receiving on the Internet.


Dec 14, 2013
11:09 (IST)
Google's Rajan Anandan: India will have 240 million people on the Internet by 2014 election
Dec 14, 2013
11:07 (IST)

Dec 14, 2013
11:07 (IST)
Swapan Dasgupta: People take to social media to vent anger and it's not always couched in terms of political correctness.


Dec 14, 2013
11:06 (IST)
Swapan Dasgupta: Omar is one of the handful of politicians who not only does his own tweets but also reads those coming in.
Dec 14, 2013
11:06 (IST)
Omar Abdullah: If you can filter through the noise, there is a lot more reasonable feedback available if you choose to look for it
Dec 14, 2013
11:04 (IST)
Omar Abdullah: It's not so much us communicating with people, it's the reverse. We've always communicated with people from podiums but never heard what they had to say. Facebook, Twitter has reversed that flow. The 'aam janta' is talking back to us.


Dec 14, 2013
11:02 (IST)

Vikram's internet experts: J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, journalist Swapan Dasgupta, Google India chief Rajan Anandan, political scientist Ashutosh Varshney, adman Suhel Seth, HSBC India chief Naina Lal Kidwai and Indian Express editor Shekhar Gupta




Dec 14, 2013
11:00 (IST)

We asked journalist Nalini Singh for her thoughts on NDTV's big day. She said: "This is how minds change. If you keep at it. And NDTV has kept at it."

Dec 14, 2013
10:59 (IST)

Dec 14, 2013
10:52 (IST)
But before Internet gyaan, there's time for a quick cup of tea


Dec 14, 2013
10:51 (IST)
In just a few minutes, Omar Abdullah, Naina Lal Kidwai, Swapan Dasgupta, Rajan Anandan and Ashutosh Varshney on how the Internet can strengthen democracy
Dec 14, 2013
10:49 (IST)
Dr Prannoy Roy signs off with this thank you to his panel of India's reatest scientific minds: Apart from you, we thank your parents for your DNA


Dec 14, 2013
10:46 (IST)

And here's Omar Abdullah. Full circle.



Dec 14, 2013
10:43 (IST)
The next session's panelists have a quick mini-session with NDTV's Vikram Chandra. There's Naina Lal Kidwai, Swapan Dasgupta, Ashutosh Varshney and Rajan Anandan


Dec 14, 2013
10:42 (IST)
Dr Prannoy Roy:Are Indians born scientists?

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: No more than other countries.

Dr Prannoy Roy: We're certainly not born footballers. *audience laughs*


Dec 14, 2013
10:40 (IST)
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Children are natural scientists because science is nothing more than curiosity about the world, which we lose as we grow up.
Dec 14, 2013
10:39 (IST)
CNR Rao: My wife and I travel to remote parts of India and speak to children. There is tremendous excitement about science. But entire society has to take interest in science.
Dec 14, 2013
10:37 (IST)

Dec 14, 2013
10:36 (IST)
Suman Dubey's question to the panel: The scientific temper that Nehru spoke about - do you think the battle for this scientific temper is being won or lost?
Dec 14, 2013
10:36 (IST)
MS Swaminathan: Technology transfer at the level of the ordinary people is our greatest challenge.


Dec 14, 2013
10:30 (IST)
Dr Samiran Nundy: My greatest claim to fame is that I was on a programme called 'The World This Week'.

(He's joking, people! Dr Nundy was the medical expert on 'The World This Week' when it started 25 years ago. He joins us in the audience)
Dec 14, 2013
10:29 (IST)
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Not fair to expect scientists to solve problems that require participation from political class and society.


Dec 14, 2013
10:27 (IST)
Dr Rajendra K Pachauri: Why is it that scientists don't extend concerns and priorities beyond land given that rivers are polluted and in bad shape. Gandhiji said speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.
Dec 14, 2013
10:26 (IST)

MS Swaminathan: Public health, hunger, education - how much are we investing in this?

Dec 14, 2013
10:25 (IST)
Dr Rajendra K Pachauri: Why is it that we haven't done enough to get India to the top of the ladder?
Dec 14, 2013
10:24 (IST)
Vikram Seth asks the panel: North, West, East not represented on panel?

Best science students are from Bengal and Bihar, says CNR Rao, too much amusement from Vikram Seth and the audience.


Dec 14, 2013
10:23 (IST)
CNR Rao: We have failed to support education as we should. Before we talk of science, we need to do more for schools.
Dec 14, 2013
10:21 (IST)
CNR Rao: We have to create good institutions where young people can  work


Dec 14, 2013
10:21 (IST)

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: I don't personally believe in God. I say that on national television. Audience cracks up

Dec 14, 2013
10:19 (IST)
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Progress can't happen without science and technology.
Dec 14, 2013
10:16 (IST)
Dr Roy asks if there's any biology that can stop 'idiotic' statements being made. Audience laughs even louder. Science hasn't got that far, says CNR Rao
Dec 14, 2013
10:15 (IST)

Dec 14, 2013
10:14 (IST)
CNR Rao says no better place than Bangalore, audience laughs
Dec 14, 2013
10:14 (IST)

CNR Rao: In order to compete with neighbouring countries we have to do much more than we are. Lots of great people in India and many coming back from abroad

Dec 14, 2013
10:12 (IST)
Biologist and Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Molecular biology has to do with the fundamental workings of life itself. India should invest in it more. Indian science should be able to find its own niche that focuses on problems specific to India.


Dec 14, 2013
10:07 (IST)
First question to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Molecular biology, what can it do? Can it help us?
Dec 14, 2013
10:04 (IST)
Dr Prannoy Roy: The first decision we had to take at NDTV 25 years ago was whether we should buy a telex machine or a fax machine
Dec 14, 2013
10:02 (IST)
Barkha Dutt: We like to complain. We complain in our drawing rooms about our politicians, roads, traffic and even our media. But how often do we participate in solutions?



Dec 14, 2013
10:01 (IST)
And it begins. Barkha Dutt introduces NDTV as an "agent of change" and as standing for "the truth, truth and nothing but the truth."
Dec 14, 2013
09:59 (IST)
In the audience - Vikram Seth, Mike Pandey, Kiran Karnik, Ela Bhatt and Suhel Seth


Dec 14, 2013
09:56 (IST)
Ready, testing. Dr Prannoy Roy and his panel of guests - Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CNR Rao and MS Swaminathan


Dec 14, 2013
09:51 (IST)
At 1:15 pm, author Vikram Seth, sculptor Anish Kapoor, conductor Zubin Mehta, photographer Dayanita Singh and Harvard University's Homi K Bhabha will discuss art, music, culture and how to harness India's soft power as a globally strategic asset.




Dec 14, 2013
09:41 (IST)
Ahead of the first session, geneticist MS Swaminathan and Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan share a lighter moment


Dec 14, 2013
09:40 (IST)
Two of India's greatest scientific minds - MS Swaminathan, father of India's Green Revolution, and CNR Rao, Head of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Board


Dec 14, 2013
09:38 (IST)
The hard-working NDTV crew - producers, engineers, IT gurus. This is the Production Control Room
Dec 14, 2013
09:31 (IST)
The first of the NDTV faces walks in. Nidhi Razdan says she's excited to celebrate 25 years of NDTV. Nidhi will be discussing governance and the issue of cleaner politics later today with Manish Tewari, Derek O'Brien, Piyush Goyal and Prashant Bhushan.
Dec 14, 2013
09:20 (IST)

As the NDTV crew puts the final touches to the set up here at the Summit, the mood is one of excitement and pride

Dec 14, 2013
09:18 (IST)

Between 10am and 4pm, you will hear Nobel Laureates, Bharat Ratna awardees and Oscar and Grammy winners discuss and deliver solutions to some of India's key issues.  

Dec 14, 2013
09:18 (IST)
NDTV@25: The Solutions Summit - Buzz on Twitter



Dec 14, 2013
09:12 (IST)
At the Summit venue, we're almost ready to roll. Last minute preps, everything's ready for our first guests



Dec 14, 2013
08:51 (IST)
In just a short while from now, NDTV's 25th year celebrations will be flagged off by the first of our discussions on the Solutions Summit. Tata Consultancy Services chief N Chandrasekaran, Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Head of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Council C N R Rao, and M S Swaminathan, the man behind India's Green Revolution, will brainstorm on how software, science and technology can help resolve India's key problems. 
Dec 13, 2013
19:38 (IST)

Dec 13, 2013
19:38 (IST) Array
Dec 12, 2013
20:13 (IST)
Most of us tend to spend our time arguing and debating about what's wrong with India.

As NDTV marks its 25th anniversary, our summit on December 14 in New Delhi asks for answers; its theme is "Solutions."

Eminent speakers and the audience will deliver prescriptions, not diagnostics, for India's economy, sports, arts, films and technology.

Here is the schedule of sessions (the summit will be broadcast live on NDTV channels on December 14):


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Sessions
Session 1 (10:00 - 10:45 am)
Topic:Innovation, Science & Technology: How can software, technology and science help solve many of India's key problems?
Panelists:Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, CNR Rao & MS Swaminathan
Moderator:Dr Prannoy Roy
Session 2 (11:00 - 11:45 am)
Topic:The Internet: How can it strengthen democracy?
Panelists:Suhel Seth, Omar Abdullah, Naina Lal Kidwai, Rajan Anandan, Shekhar Gupta, Swapan Dasgupta & Ashutosh Varshney
Moderator:Vikram Chandra
Session 3 (12:00 - 12:45 pm)
Topic:The Essence of India : What makes India different and special and how do we protect the essence of India?
Panelists:NR Narayana Murthy, Ela Bhatt, Arun Shourie, YK Hamied, Amartya Sen & Fali S Nariman
Moderator:Barkha Dutt
Session 4 (1:15 - 2:00 pm)
Topic:Art, Music & Culture: How do we harness India's soft power as a globally strategic asset?
Panelists:Vikram Seth, Anish Kapoor, Zubin Mehta, Dayanita Singh & Homi K Bhabha
Moderator:Sreenivasan Jain
Session 5 (2:15 - 3:00 pm)
Topic:Governance: Towards cleaner politics in India
Panelists:Piyush Goyal, Derek O'Brien, Manish Tewari & Prashant Bhushan
Moderator:Nidhi Razdan
Session 6 (3:15 - 4:00 pm)
Topic:Desi Cinema goes Global: How can India leverage the considerable global impact of Indian Cinema?
Panelists:Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, A R Rahman & Waheeda Rehman
Moderator:Sonia Singh